Who are you?
How would you answer this question?
For many years whenever someone asked me this, I would begin by listing my hobbies or things I liked.
“I’m Libby. I like coffee and hiking.”
“I’m Libby. I love crystals, and watching anime.”
“I’m Libby. I love exploring abandoned buildings and reading.”
It wasn’t until a friend told me, “That’s great! Though, all you told me was what you liked.”
Now, in the moment I probably looked at this friend like, “Man, you woke up on the wrong side of the bed”, and I probably also rolled my eyes in annoyance.
Looking back, this friend is right.
How, many times as Christians do we tell people, “Your sin and past mistakes don’t define you”, while simultaneously defining ourselves by our hobbies or clothes.
You see, we are still allowing ourselves to be defined by something. Whether that’s grades, fashion, our job, or a relationship.
As people we are constantly learning and growing, and thus our hobbies, fashion taste, and worldview are constantly changing.
While these things do have the power to describe us and provide people with the insight as to who we are, they don’t define us.
Who are you when nobody is around? Who are you underneath your hobbies and labels?
If you don’t know you who are or what you value in life, or even where your worth comes from, you will constantly be searching for your identity in hobbies, interests and even people and allowing those things to define you.
Know who you are underneath the labels.
Who are you?