Many of us if not all still ask ourselves this question day in day out απϑ most often we come up with different answers every time. I cannot tell you who you are nor can you tell me who I am – We all have to define ourselves.
In defining ourselves, the main mistake we often make is basing our definitions on one or more of the following categories:
1) What we look like
2) What family we come from
3) What we have in material possessions
4) What people say we are
Defining yourself by the standard of what you look like is one of the ‘wrongest’ ways to do so. We all like to dress nice απϑ look good but if you are the ‘best dressed person or the hottest chic’ απϑ someone comes in on a particular day dressed better than you are or with a higher degree of hotness, you lose your identity. You’ve lost who you supposedly are yet you still are so ….. Who are you?
Some of us are also fond of defining ourselves by the family we come from. Quite alright family is key in practically everyone’s life but finding who you are in ‘Do you know who my father is?’ is one of the worst things you can do to yourself. I say this because one day your father will be no more or he just might leave that position that makes him ‘who he is’ απϑ then ….. Who will you be?
Material possessions are also a common definition standard for us. ‘I have more money than you’, ‘My clothes are more current than yours’, ‘Your weave is cheap, mine is Brazillian hair’, ‘I have a blackberry απϑ you don’t’. All these are just possessions that can be taken away anytime απϑ then what? We’re back to square one …. Who am I?
απϑ the almighty universally accepted standard – what people say we are. Ever heard ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’? Well, most of us say we don’t but still we act like we flipped the book over απϑ read the summary so we base our judgements on that. As much as we’re all encouraged to build our self-esteem, some people just cannot be encouraged to move from that low level because of hurtful comments telling them who they are not. Discovering who you are helps you to stand up to the ‘you’ created by others απϑ tell it that it is not real!
There are many other standards we tend to define ourselves by απϑ hence not really answer the question, ‘Who am I?’ That is one question many people die without answering but I believe that who you are is defined by your ultimate purpose for living. Discover your purpose in life, discover who you are. But as easy as that sounds, it requires a lot of soul searching, taking time out to study yourself απϑ ultimately finding yourself in God’s word.
‘Who am I?’ is not answered in a day. It is a continuous process of finding out …. Even the seemingly most accomplished people in life are still finding out who they are everyday.