Mistaken Identity

Princess (EXPLORED)photo © 2010 Courtney Carmody | more info (via: Wylio)This week, I have been purposeful in reminding myself of who I am.  There are many things that I DO that I have allowed to become such a part of me, that I sometimes lose my way.

It is true.  I wear many hats.  I am wife, mother, sister, friend, administrator, blogger, counselor, cook, dishwasher, laundress, housekeeper, caregiver.

And the list goes on.

I interact with people on a daily basis who ask me what I do.  And I can give any number of answers to this question.  Why is it that no one ever asks me “who I am”?  But if they did, what would I say? My initial response would be to tell them what I do.  I am a wife–I take care of my husband; I am a mom–I care for four children; I am a friend–I care for those around me.  All of these areas of my life are worthy of praise.  But it’s what I do.  It’s not who I am.  Yes, I AM a wife.  I AM a mom.  But even these roles, as beautiful as they may be, do not define the very essence of me.

Do I know who I am? There are days when I am so busy functioning in the roles that God has blessed me with that I often lose sight of my true worth and value as a daughter of the King of Kings.

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.  (Romans 8:14-16 NLT)

I have been grafted into the Kingdom of God, adopted into His royal family.  God is my Father and I am His child.

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!”  (1 John 3:1 NLT)
I never want to lose sight of who I am in Christ. Even though I have days filled with deadlines, housework and laundry, I never want to mistake what I do for the true value of who I am as a daughter of the King of Kings.
7 Responses to Mistaken Identity
  1. Kendra
    February 8, 2011 | 6:52 am

    I love this! I so needed to hear this today. There are so many days in the life of a woman where we so focus on the “jobs” we do that those “jobs” become us. We define ourselves by what we do instead of who we are. Thank you for reminding me that I am not just a wife, mothers, sister, teacher, blogger, friend, and the list goes on…but I am a child of the Most High!

    Blessings,
    Kendra
    http://www.abusywomanslife.com

  2. Beth
    February 8, 2011 | 7:08 am

    Sista! As I was reading your post I kept hearing the lyrics, “I know who I am! I know who I am! I know who I am. I am YOURS. I am YOURS.” Yes, you are His daughter above all else.

    I can so relate!

    Love ya!
    Beth

  3. Cyndi Spivey
    February 8, 2011 | 8:10 am

    I needed that reminder. I have felt so pulled lately in so many directions. I am His and that’s the most important!
    Blessings,
    Cyndi

  4. Child of God
    February 8, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Barbie, I love this! Children of God, the Most High King! You are amazing and I really like getting to know you.

    God bless,
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  5. carissa
    February 9, 2011 | 7:22 am

    and what a privilege it is to be a child of God!!!

  6. Beth
    February 9, 2011 | 10:04 pm

    Well said, Barbie!

  7. Alicia The Snowflake
    February 9, 2011 | 10:10 pm

    Amen! May we never lose sight of Whose we are. May it define us & remind us of our greater purpose. Beautiful post my friend!