April 30, 2008

Who Am I?

It is amazing (though it shouldn't be) how God comes and taps us on the shoulder when we're not thinking about Him - gently reminded each of us of the point. I was searching online for a career planning tool or quiz, something to help me think about education and career objectives. Rather melodramatically, I typed the words "who am I?" into a search engine.

What appeared at the very top of the search results? Not a career site. Not a pseudo-spiritual essay on "finding yourself". What appeared as the first result was a link to Casting Crowns' song "Who am I?".

Who am I?
That the Lord of all the earth,
Would care to know my name,
Would care to feel my hurt.

Who am I?
That the bright and morning star,
Would choose to light the way,
For my ever wandering heart.

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow,
...
Still you hear me when I'm calling,
Lord, you catch me when I'm falling,
And you've told me who I am.
I am yours.

I am Yours. That sums it up; that is how our worth is defined. Yes, we are meant to be good stewards of the earth. We are meant to help each other. We are meant to learn about the world and discover new things. What dictates your worth, however, has nothing to do with your job title, your level of education, your salary, or your possessions.

I don't think that means we should ignore those things. Contributions to this world that you leave behind are wonderful things. Leaving something of lasting value behind - to your family, to your profession, or to society - is certainly not a bad thing. But it is left behind.

Jesus didn't have a degree. He had few possessions. As the joke goes, He never would have made tenure, but He is the Teacher, the only one that gets the capital T. It does not matter what you have but what you do with it. It does not matter how high you reach but how close you get to Him. That is all that really matters, for all eternity - being His.

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