Ever notice how we humans go through this adolescent phase of “self-discovery,” and then seem to carry on this interesting idea of defending ourselves by saying, “I am who I am,” or “why can’t you just love me for who I am,” or in some cases, “for what I am?” Some more than others, of course. And when people say it, doesn’t it almost seem to reveal an insecurity of identity more than anything else?
How do you “identify” yourself?
Here’s a thought: suppose we were created in the Image and Likeness of God. When Moses climbed Mount Sainai and met God face-to-face, he asked God (in so many words), “what’s your name?” And God identified Himself this way: “I Am That I Am.”
Rather peculiar name, if you ask me. But notice He didn’t say, “I am who I am,” or “I am what I am.” Both of which are pretty centered around the self. Nope.
“I AM THAT I AM.”
Pretty strongly denotes purpose more than anything else, wouldn’t you agree? And one that extends very much outside of self?
Now, again, suppose you were created in His Image and Likeness. What does THAT tell you?
So get out there and LIVE it!