Friday, May 11, 2012

My Identity in Christ

It’s Five Minute Friday where Lisa-Jo offers a writing prompt and we write for 5 minutes. No editing and no over thinking. Today’s writing prompt: Identity.

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
In Christ,
Laura

Linking up with Five Minute Friday and Spiritual Sundays .

16 comments:

  1. Fab post Laura! So well thought out and written.

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  2. Amen, Amen, Amen! Without Christ I feel I have no identity. I am his child, his daughter first and foremost. The freedom of having my identity in Christ is amazing :) Thanks for sharing this truth. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you Ms. Kathleen! A blessed day to you too!

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  3. Wow Laura - what a great post. More of Him and less of me. Really lovely
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Your words blessed me today. Thank you Tracy!

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  4. How very true that our own identity is not so great, it's our identity in Christ that counts. Thanks for the great reminder!

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  5. You are right! We go from limitations to having no limits to what we can do through Christ.

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  6. I understand this. I am grateful that my husband and I are better together :) God had it be so.

    I am also grateful for the liberating truth of God's word. Everyday we are learning to become more established in who we are in Christ...

    Great truth here!

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  7. Dear Laura,

    Your post is beautiful. Amen...may I be found in Christ and Him alone.

    Hope that you have a blessed and joyful Mother's Day.

    Blessings in Christ...Susan

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Susan! God bless!

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  8. Hi, I like this post, a lot. Blessings and have a lovely Mother's Day.

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    1. Thanks so much Lynn! Blessings to you!

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  9. "I give up the identity found in myself, and I’m clinging to my identity in Christ."~ Amen! "That’s the identity I want people to see."~ We see it!! Beautiful. :)

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    1. Your kind words touched my heart today, thank you!
      God bless,
      Laura

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  10. We do live and learn. Thank you for sharing this experience with us. A great lesson here.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!