As a kid, a way to annoy siblings who try to insult you is to respond, “I know you are, but what am I?” As I recall, it was very annoying, which was the point. Insults are part of human interaction, but would you accept an insult as a basis for your identification
David prayed in a time of great need, pleading with God to act in God’s great mercy and love in part because of who David was to God. This is common in the psalms, telling God about God’s own attributes. I don’t remember the last time I began praying by telling God about WHO God is, or more importantly, HOW God is.
Have you had someone identify your attributes in a way that made you feel self-conscious? I have, when using a spiritual gifts assessment in a Bible study group. This was years before I became a pastor, so having people describe me as a preacher or a teacher seemed very strange to me. It was because I needed God to help me discover who I am.
Identity is key to living as a whole person, confident in yourself, at peace. This season of Lent offers us raw, emotional and personal time to grow in God’s likeness. Let it also be a time of praising God for who God is and who you are. This week identify those attributes of yourself you like, and one or two traits you don’t like.
Place these before God, asking for the good to remain and for the rest be removed. Acknowledge your boldness comes from your knowledge of God’s mercy.
Rev. Lori Broschat is a United Methodist minister in rural North Dakota. She is a writer,
satisfied with who she is, except in the early morning hours.
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