During the summer, when I was a kid, my cousin and I would “play school.” We’d take turns—often arguing as to which one of us would be the student and which would be the teacher. We’d make up our own classroom rules, worksheets, and dress up. The best part was that we could pick a new name. We could have a new identity.
Sometimes I’d get into trouble with the eleven-year-old teacher just so I could see her write T-A-W-N-Y on the poster board that served as our classroom chalkboard.
My new identity made me feel smart, pretty, brave, special—like I could do anything!
But when imaginary school was over, and I had to go back into the real world, no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t be Tawny. The world simply wouldn’t let me.
The world told me that I wasn’t all that smart, not that pretty. Over time, the world told me that I wasn’t brave, couldn’t do much of anything, actually. Unfortunately, I believed the world.
That led to a life of fear and anxiety, defeat, and self-depreciation. Even though I knew God and His love for me, there was a disconnect. I didn’t link His love for me with His power that was made available to me.
Have you been trying to find your identity in the world?
Here are 10 verses that have helped me realize my true identity. They’ve been a comfort in times of heartache, given me courage on scary days, and revealed to me the affectionate nicknames my Father calls me.
10 Love-Filled Names Jesus Calls You: