What are your identifiers? Georgia Tech Student? Male? Female? Straight-A student? Straight-C student? Tomboy? Artsy? Dancer? Athlete? Atheist? Christian? Fraternity Guy? Sorority Girls? Skeptic? Dog Lover? Engineer? Scientist? Roller-blader? The list could go on and on. This week at Cafe we talked about our identities and what we find them in. Where do you should find your identity? What if that thing changes? Let's say you want to be a doctor, but you don't to get into med school? Is that bad or is that just time to find something else? What if you are dating someone, if you identify yourself as a girlfriend/boyfriend, and your significant other breaks up with you? What happens then? It's hard, isn't it? Let's say we want to find something more stable, something that won't change, something constant. We talked about the idea of finding our identities in how God identifies us. Does that concept make sense? Is it easy? Is it that something you do easily or is that confusing and hard? Let's say we do identify ourselves how God sees us, as people he loves, even his children. How does that affect what we do? Should we do whatever we please or does what we do somehow relate to our identity? We talked about the idea that what we do flows out of who we are. If we are God's children, and identify ourselves as such, maybe what we choose to do could be the things he cares about. In a book in the Bible called Matthew, he makes it pretty clear that he wants us to love him and love others. Is it that simple? Maybe so. Maybe its something worth thinking about.
“Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, "Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody." ... [My dark side says,] I am no good... I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the "Beloved." Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.” -Henri J.M. Nouwen