Shortly after I was married, I received a personal letter in the mail addressed to Mrs. (husband’s first name) Rath. The Mrs. was correct, as was my new last name, but I wondered when I’d lost my own first name. It bothered me. In my mind, I had my own identity, and I wasn’t planning to lose it!
Now, all these years later, I realize my own identity is not so great. It’s just me on my own. My own strength and energy. My own ability. My own dreams. My own shoulders to carry the load.
I’ve changed my mind…I give up the identity found in myself, and I’m clinging to my identity in Christ. That’s the identity I want people to see.
It’s through Christ where I find…strength…energy…and ability.
His dreams for my life are far better than mine, and His shoulders can carry far more than mine can.
In my own identity, I am limited to myself, but God gives me a new identity in Jesus, and through Him I can do anything.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13