“Who am I?”
It is an unsettling question, perhaps, but so worthy of our wrestling. As adults, we often struggle with our concept of self within our vocations—as we receive evaluation or face challenges that create cognitive dissonance. Our children may face it amongst their peers or as a natural part of growing up.
From the time I was very small, my parents nurtured my heart and mind with excellent resources. They introduced me early on to a children’s catechism whose methodical questions and answers provided a reference point for me in reality. They washed me in the word. They reminded me who I am and to whom I belong.
I will never forget the words my dad shared with me in my youth (dad often referred to them when enduring his own trials). Penned in a “time of trouble,” Andrew Murray wrote:
First, He brought me here; it is by His will I am in this strait place: in that fact I will rest.
Next, He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace to behave as His child.
Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
Last, In His good time He can bring me out again — how and when He knows.
Let me say I am here,
(1) By God’s appointment.
(2) In his keeping.
(3) Under His training.
(4) For His time.
Psalm 100:3 says “Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who made us and we are His.” This passage and countless more affirm: I’m a child of God, yes I am!
Perhaps you need those words today to remind you who and whose you are. Take time to lay this foundation for your young children, and remind your teens and spouses too:
He is God, and we are not. We can rest in His will, in His keeping, for His timing. We are His!
What are some reminders you turn to—and share with your children—when confidence about identity is shaken or simply worn thin? As always, I’m listening! firstname.lastname@example.org