Who You Are Not.

We are not our stories
Our thoughts
Our personalities
Our psychology
Our judgements
Our condemnation
Our past
Our future
Our present
Our wrongs
Our sins
Our pain
Our mistakes
Our bodies
Our appearance
Our face
Our illness
Our disease
We are not what others say of us or think of us
Our job
Our relationships
Our education
Our titles
Our feelings
Our sadness
Our anger
Our depression
Our guilt
Our shame
Our beliefs
Our thoughts
Our personalities
Our self concepts
Our fears
Our anxiety
Our self judgements

Who are we?
One created in the image of God
Spiritual beings
Spirits and souls with earth suits on
With skin on
The perfect beautiful sinless guiltless imago dei
Fully pleasing
Fully loved
Fully enjoyed
Fully cherished
How arrogant and misguided to think we are unworthy sinners
We are and remain as God created us and who God says we are
May we believe the truth about ourselves no matter how beautiful it may be.

“All great spirituality teaches about letting go
of what you don’t need and who you are not.”
—Richard Rohr

If we could but remember who God is, who we are in God our joy, peace and contentment would increase.  It’s all about identity.  And it’s all about remembrance and awareness and overcoming our spiritual amnesia.

It’s about Gen 1:27: “In the image of God he created them.”

And Colossians 1:27:  “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

So many people even in this insist on finding their identity in being dirty, rotten, unworthy sinners who deserve judgement, vengeance and punishment.  What we insist we are we will be.  The truth is more glorious, freeing and enlivening than we could make up – “For we are God’s workmanship (work of art) created in Christ.” (Eph. 2:10)

When will we reclaim our identity, our magnificence and beauty and live accordingly?