This has been a huge topic for me lately, because I am realizing that I am so into what I do. I’m involved in a lot of awesome things. I am a co-leader for a spring break mission trip to Honduras, I am the next co-coordinator of my household, I am a big sister in my household, I sing in music ministry, I hold a job, all while taking classes. I do a lot and I am very proud of the things that I do.  They’re all good things, but sometimes I think that I take it a little bit too far.

I realized this morning that sometimes, I allow these things that I am involved in and the Lord has called me to, to define who I am, instead of just what I do. 

And I would like to say, that it’s time I reclaim the truth: I am a human being and not a human doing

This doesn’t mean that I am going to quit everything I’m involved in – because I’m not about to do that – but I am going to put things into perspective.

In truth, I am a beloved, precious, treasured, and sought after daughter of the King whose worth cannot be denied. I have been set aside, chosen, and called for a purpose that the Lord slowly reveals to me in a gentle way that I can handle. I have been given this worth freely, as have you. 

If for some reason all the things that I do were to fall apart and I were to be taken out of all of them, it would not matter. These things I do are not what define me, the Father’s love that has been freely lavished upon me, giving me the dignity of a daughter of God, is what defines me. There is nothing that can separate me from this great love of God.

To take it a step farther, what I mean is that if I were to wake up tomorrow morning and have my life be completely different, all would be well. We’re talking different household, different university, different family, different group of friends, different activities, different whatever else… all would be well. This is because I am a precious daughter and nothing can take that away from me. The things I am involved in, the friends that I have, my incredible household, are all beautiful gifts to me and greatly enhance my life. But that’s not what makes a life. Living in the love of the Father is what makes a life, and I choose to live in that truth. 

An identity rooted in the love of Christ is where my joy flows from, and herein lies my purpose. His love never fails.