Who are you?
Simple question, right?
Recently I heard a church leader say, “the longer you are in youth ministry, the more it becomes who you are.” There is terrible truth within her statement. In fact I believe it goes far beyond youth ministry. She could say, “the longer you are in (fill in the blank with your profession), the more it becomes who you are.” What a sad reality. Although you and I know that there is more to you than just what you do for a living, it is hard to look beyond your work (I know for certain this fact is especially true for men but I suspect it is also relevant for women). You have depth and dynamics that reach far deeper than the one dimensional profession that we so often define ourselves by.
Why do we define who we are by what we do? Jim, he’s a teacher. Sally, she’s an accountant. Carl, he’s homeless. Maybe we define our lives as well as the lives of others so haphazardly because well, its easy. Maybe it’s because our job is always demanding attention. Regardless of the reason, I decided to look beyond what I simply do to provide for my family and seek much of who I am. The good and the bad. The happy and the sad. The heart and the brains. Below is my developing list of who I am.
I am a husband; father; sinner; server; current mourner of losing the tv shows Lost and the Office; mower of a seemingly never-ending yard; fan of many Ohio sports teams; pizza connoisseur by both choice and force; horrible responder to text messages; dreamer; wannabe drawer, painter & musician; author; speaker; train conductor in the game Ticket to Ride; homeowner; shortstop; taxi & bus driver; horribly impatient; theme park fan, especially Disney; taxpayer; the guy who takes 12 strokes to complete a par 4; prince Eric; not yet but should be diagnosed with a case of Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte addict; know-it-all; an American who is acutely aware that he is first Christian, secondly American; bowler; in many ways a germaphobe; emotionally and spiritually a bi-polar person whose heart can quickly move from selfishness to being broken-hearted for those in need and back again to selfishness; heavy user of Ortega Mild taco sauce; an individual that desires right; surrounded by an incredible family and friends; child of God…
I think I will stop there but most certainly if I kept searching my mind and heart, I would discover more of who I actually am. So, who are you? Easy question…right?
Take a while, think about it. You may just surprise yourself.