I would like to add that one’s identity in Christ is totally different to one’s identity ‘in the world’. This took me a long time to figure out. I still struggle with it sometimes.
In the past, ‘the world’ branded me a victim, a single mother, a benefits scrounger, useless, lazy, worthless, a nobody… In Christ I am strong; the victory is already won. By grace the chains are broken. I am free. Hallelujah!
“Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny….To work out our identity in God.”
― Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
Some would think a bit old fashioned to think of our lives as a vocational calling, but Merton hits this issue head on. We are all called to go far beyond mere existence, or simply to plod along in our weakness. Our God, and creator wants us to find our identity in Him. When that is accomplished our lives are transformed, and we soar to heights that only he can take us. You are a creation of a loving God, and He want you to claim that identity.
- Thomas Merton. (johnl2345.wordpress.com)