Michael W. Smith grappled with his own identity issues in his song “A Place in this World.” He talks about a heart that is hopeful and a head full of dreams. He was looking for a reason, his place in this world.
In the seventies, Diana Ross asked similar questions when she sang, “Do you know where you are going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?” And along those same lines, Arthur Miller in “Death of a Salesman” wrote about Willy Loman’s sons who concluded after his death “He had the wrong dreams.”
Even Spiderman struggled with his newfound identity in this summer’s blockbuster: Spiderman: Homecoming.
All of us struggle at one time or another to understand our own place in this world. We try to answer the age-old questions of “Who am I and why am I here?”
Lately I have been reviewing some scriptures that address those very questions. May I suggest that this week might be a great time for us all to study, memorize or at least mull over these concepts?
I am made in His image (that is a big deal!): “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
By an act of His love, I am His child: “Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)
I have been chosen as His special possession: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special people…” (I Peter 2:9)
God’s kids do have a unique and wonderful place in this world. We can know where we are going. We can like the things He is showing us. And I believe that with His continual help, we can have all the right dreams.
Don’t let the enemy grab your attention and distract you with all the glitter of this world. No entertainment, no relationship, no vacation or possession can ever satisfy the longing of our hearts. We want and need to belong and have real purpose and meaning in life.
In Christ, we do! Revel in that thought this week.