I have a friend, who religiously goes to the athletic center here on campus almost everyday, spending hours working out and then hours playing basketball. Hours upon hours of physical activity and sweat. However, this semester, both the gym and the b-ball court are shut down as the Ganus Athletic Center goes through remodeling and expansion. My friend as a result, now spends hours upon hours watching TV, alone, in his dorm room. For he had used the gym as the center of his identity, yet without it, he just doesn’t know what to do with himself.
This sad scenario has prompted me to think, what forges my identity?
The gym, sports, hobbies, school, work, none of these things in themselves are wrong, but they are so fickle, and can be taken away in an instant. I love writing; however, it’s a very real possibility that one day, I could lose my hands. If that ever happened . . .
What creates your identity? . . . What would happen, if that was taken away?
Why do you think, you feel incomplete or lost when you graduate or move or leave a job? These things create our identities, but all of them can be lost. That is why the core of who we are needs to be built on
something Someone eternal. For what can define our identity which will never fade?
The answer is so easy isn’t it? “God.” Yet, why is this solution so hard?
Is it because we cannot yet fully see His face? Yes, we see aspects of Him in His creation, in the sky, the earth, the water, faces, the church, but we do not fully see Him shining in His glory–not yet. It is easy to use the physical to define us, but we must learn to allow ourselves to be built upon the spiritual instead, upon Him. Build our houses on solid rock instead of shifting sand.
Yes, a law can be past to make Christianity illegal, but to quote C. S. Lewis, “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” Religion can become illegal, yes. But God will still exist. Nothing, no power of Hell or scheme of man can diminish our God! For He is the Everlasting King, the great I AM, He Who is, Who was, and Who still is to come! Kingdoms crumble, civilizations fade, people die, rot, and become dust; but God is eternal. He will never fade.
With this in mind, I ask you again, what is the core of your identity?