As we enter into week two of Advent, I want to ponder the question, "Who Am I?"
Last weekend I attended the Casting Crowns concert.
As this song was playing, my mind began to wander (as it often does - let's just say my squirrel obsession says a lot about where my mind is most of the time), to the many ways I answer this question.
There are those obvious answers - Allison Gingras, Kevin's wife, Faith, Ian and Adam's mom, Judy and John's daughter, Nascar fan (okay, maybe you didn't see that last one coming).
There are those answers I allow people to know - Confirmation teacher, Catholic book junkie, Regular at both Adoration and Reconciliation, Perpetual Dieter and Nascar Fan (I may also have a bit of a weird sense of humor).
While those answers are all truth, they are not answers that necessarily reveal the true me. If I want to share who I really am, then I need to use words like insecure some days and overly confident the next, eager to help people one day and selfish, stingy and shut off the next. I am both the kindest and the cruelest person, depending on the amount of my previous night's sleep or what day I happen to be in my cycle. I'm a recovering "Enviest" or sometimes slips off the wagon, and I am a often trying to negotiate with God for the best outcomes for my friends, family, neighbors and self.
Regardless of who I say I am or how I label myself, there is one identity I am the proudest and lean the heaviest upon ... I am a Daughter of the Most High, I am loved by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, and nothing can separate me from Him or His love, and given all those other things I am this is incredibly Good News!!
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:14-18