How Strong Is Your Identity?

Have you ever given much thought to your identity?  We’ve all been warned about the dangers of identity theft, which involves who we are on paper—our social security number, credit score, etc.  But does this identity truly represent who we are? 

Although protecting this identity is definitely important, if that identity was stolen you wouldn’t cease to exist as a person.  What is infinitely more important is our identity in this world and how it causes us to relate to others.  Regardless of outside circumstances such as turmoil, job loss, economic woes and tragedy, your fundamental identity need not change.    

My identity can be summed up in the following terms:

Christian

Husband

Father

Son

Grandson

Uncle

Brother

Brother-In-Law

Friend

Employee

Carpenter

Teacher

Writer

Although this list is not all-inclusive, it is very representative of my life.  How does this compare to your list?  It is worth taking a few moments to write your list down and see what it looks like.  It is also important to look at the order of your list.  I have tried to prioritize my identity along these basic lines: loyalty to God; loyalty to my wife, then my kids; loyalty to my extended family members and close friends; loyalty to my employers; and loyalty to my passions and interests.

Where do your loyalties lie?

Our identities shape us for sure, but don’t we make the choices first that put our identities in place?

Over the next few postings I am going to examine what our identity says about us to others and what it should say to ourselves. 

Stay tuned!