Sometimes life’s circumstances, whether our own making or something out of our control, can leave us feeling lost about our identity. We define ourselves by labels: daughter, sister, wife, mother, writer, artist, musician… Sometimes those labels are negative: anorexic, divorcee, adulterer, victim, ugly… We accumulate so many labels that eventually, we begin to wonder, “Who am I?” We’re lost, weighed down, confused.
Last year, I hit rock bottom. I was the furthest I’d ever felt from my Jesus. The pain overwhelmed me, threatened to consume me. But God is so good. He reached out His hand and whispered my name. My name. Not the labels I attached to myself. No, He called me by name. “Audra”. Then He clarified my identity: “My love.” “My delight.” “My bride.”
I have an inheritance. Not my broken inheritance from earthly parents. No, I have a spiritual inheritance. My Father is The King of kings. My brother is the Prince of Peace. I can claim that identity because He has called me His own. I am the daughter of God. Bride of Christ. That’s all I need to know. I belong here.
When I came to the realization that these labels are not WHO I am, but rather define WHAT I’ve done or do, it helped me to accept the ones that lift me up, and replace the ones that tear me down.
I am a Sinner – I AM FORGIVEN
I am Ugly – I AM MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE
I am Unloved – I AM BELOVED
I am Alone – I AM THE BRIDE OF CHRIST
I encourage you to write down those labels that cut deep, and replace them with Truth. Claim your inheritance. Know where you belong. Don’t accept what the world says or what you put on yourself. God is calling you by name. He loves you, desires you. Take His hand and dance with Him.