I know who I am

For some of you reading this, you may look at the title of this blog and say that's the most simplest, dumbest thing to say Faith. Of course you should know who you are, right? Wrong!
To me those four words are the most precious, heartfelt, revelation, inspiring, encouraging words I could ever say to myself and hear others say about themselves too.

For many of years I had battled with trying to find out what my identity was. I knew all the facts and figures: born into an African family, one of the two girls, three brothers, mum and dad and the list goes on, obvious FACTS. But the truth was that in the mist of all this I still didn't really know who I was and from that I somewhat was easily able to be swayed into trying others identity through the way they talked, dressed or behaved and only to see if it was something I was into or wanted to adapt to, to say, yes, finally I have arrived, 'this is me'.

But I was not alone. There where other ladies who felt the same way too. They to struggled with trying to fit into an image that really didn't define them, but was still longing to know what having their own identity really meant. Was it something to look forward to, or hide away from?
The most import thing was that as much as I was battling with such an important question of 'Who I was', I didn't realise how close to my real identity I was.

I heard this song by Israel Houghton: I know Who I am -Take a listen

My eyes began to open, my heart started to be touched, my shoulders felt lighter and I breathed a breath of relief. As I started to sing these words :

I was running and you found me
I was blinded and you gave me sight
You put a song of praise in me

I was broken and you healed me
I was dying and you gave me life
Lord you are my identity
And I know, I know, I know, I know

I know who I am
I know who I am
I know who I am
I am yours, I am yours

I am forgiven
I am your friend
I am accepted, I know who I am
(I know who I am)
I am secured, I'm confident,
That I am loved, I know who I am
(I know who I am)
I am alive
I've been set free
I belong to you and you belong to me

Something got broken. The fear of knowing who I was, and worrying if I would be accepted the way I am started to disappear, I read God's word, I felt redeemed through His greatest sacrifice for me on the cross (Romans 5:8) and through my longing to have and develop my deeper relationship with Christ this had finally been revealed. Not only do I now know deep down that I am His child, daughter and Friend. But also I now know my value is priceless, I am a treasure, precious, all who come in contact with me will be blessed because of Him living in me and most of all I AM ACCEPTED & LOVED.

It was as simple as that. The simplistic equation became my life: CHRIST = ME. I was made in His image (Genesis 1:27)
I would say I know that this part of the journey for me took a while to get to, why? because I had to fight off fear, doubt, disbelief, unforgiveness, pain, disappointments and much more.
I wouldn't say this journey will ever end because in life we continue to find out more and more about ourselves day by day, through dealing with situations, and just living life, but for the hard core part of it all the FACT: I do know who I am, everything else, based on my likes and dislikes is just additions to the FACT of whom I am in Christ and around society.

So ladies, when you feel like the best option is to give up and play or adapt to another's identity you deprive yourself and miss out on the amazing FACTS of who you truly are. You miss out on the amazing smiles only you can give to others. The amazing fashion only you can grace the streets with or the amazing conversations ONLY You can provide.

Lets not miss out on knowing our true worth , beauty but most of all identity in CHRIST. He has made us free from all the hassle of struggling to be like others, because He created us just the way we are. 
Oscar Wilde describes this best: 'Be Yourself, everyone else is already taken'. Ha ha ha, how true is that?

Keep being beautifully you ladies. For the BEST is yet to come.

God is Love and He loves you ever so DEARLY!

By: Faith Dore

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