Is it possible to describe oneself in only a few words?
Writer, musician, student, photographer, reader, artist, adventurer, daughter, sister, friend, woman – these are all titles used to represent what I do in life.
Extraverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging (ENFJ) – these are designations used to classify the psychological preferences with which I make decisions and perceive the world I live in.
Funny, creative, sweet, artistic, kind, empathetic, imaginative, perceptive, compassionate, sarcastic, intelligent, loving, surprising, enthusiastic, passionate, adventurous – these are words those who know me well have used to describe me.
Yet ultimately, while these words paint a picture of the activities I pursue, the roles and responsibilities I maintain, the way my mind processes information and the characteristics of my personality, they don’t really express who I am.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image (Psa 139:13-14; Gen 1:27). I am redeemed from the sin that once enslaved me (Eph 1:7). I am a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). I am forgiven and purified (1 Jn 1:9). I have been adopted as His child, declared Beloved (Rom 8:15; Eph 1:5-6). I am all these things and more in and through Christ. My identity is centred in who He is and what He has done for me and in me. And therefore, I live to share the good news of His saving grace, for His glory.
‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…’ (Rom 1:16)