Growing up, some of my all-time favorite memories were when my brother and I would have our friends over to watch movies.
The movie usually starred Bruce Lee or Jean-Claude Van Damme, but we’d also toss in a little Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sly Stallone from time to time as well.
Being boys, if the movie had a fight scene, we were hooked!
Now, of course watching the movie was always a good time, but the real fun happened right after the movie.
The very second the movie was over, we would rush outside and immediately start calling out who we got to be from the movie.
Moments later, an epic battle royale would ensue.
Those are some of my most vivid memories. I remember I had fully convinced myself that I was a skilled fighter like Bruce Lee, and that I too, had complete control of my punches.
Naturally, after a movie, I convinced my older brother to stand still so I could show him how close I could get to his face without actually punching him.
He found out in the third punch that I could get really, really close, and even connect…
Sidenote: Along with not being talented in the Martial Arts, I was also not talented in the running arts… When my brother quickly caught up to me, he did not turn the other cheek.
Now I know that everyone, at some point, has pretended to be someone else, whether it be an action hero or a Disney princess.
It was a fun and harmless way for us as children to activate that great imagination we are all born with.
The harm comes later in life when we start to imitate people and surroundings that confuse our identity.
Some identify with a parent that struggles with an addiction, or perhaps they left when you were young.
Some identify with an act of violence, or a harmful event that happened to them.
Some identify with always needing a boyfriend or girlfriend, and if they are single, that somehow justifies that they are broken and unwanted.
Some people put their identity into their successful career, or the lack thereof, some place their identity in their wealth or the lack thereof.
When we place our identity in other people, events, or careers, then we are not only selling ourselves short, but we are also setting ourselves up for a huge disappointment.
Four years ago, I was transitioning back to being a civilian.
For seven years, I was identified as an Airman in the United States Air Force. When I was discharged, my identity changed and I struggled with who I was, and what I was going to do.
Yes, I was an Airman, but I had allowed that to become my identity.
And that was a problem.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I had sold myself short.
My true identity was never an Airman. I created that.
My real identity was determined long before I came into this world, by Someone much smarter than me.
My identity was laid out plain and clear before I was fearfully and wonderfully made. My identity was established before God created the heavens and the earth and all of the animals of the land, sea, and air.
My identity started in Genesis 1:26 When God said, “Let us make man in Our image according to Our likeness, let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
According to Genesis, my identity is in the likeness of my Creator, the one that created every living thing.
For me to identify myself as just an Airman, I am robbing myself of all of the great plans God has for me.
I cannot attain my full potential if my identity is in just being an Airman.
One night this week, take a minute and look out into a clear night sky. Take in the vast sea made up of thousands of stars and planets. Get up a little early and catch the bright sun rising in the east.
The same God that placed the stars in the sky, and raises the sun each morning, is the same God that created you and I.
Look at your fingerprint, there is no one in the world that has the same ones as you.
We are unique and and wonderful creations with talents and gifts that are specifically designed for our calling.
Why would we sell ourselves short by surrendering our true identity to something that is fallible?
The devil is going to do all that he can to steal your identity. He will deceive you into thinking that your worth is in your appearance, bank account, or profession. This causes us to focus on false identities that will leave us discontent and always wanting more. But what’s worse than that is these false identities will cause us to sell ourselves short with the plan that God has for us.
When we look to our Creator for our true identity, then and only then, will we be able to fulfill our true calling and be equipped to fully attain our God given talents and gifts.
There is nothing mediocre about the life of Jesus and His Apostles or Disciples. They traveled and performed all kinds of miracles because they were lead by the Holy Spirit.
Just as Paul would do in his writings to the Churches of old, I charge you to not live a mediocre life. We have been given the greatest gift ever given, we have freedom from bondage and the ability to conquer any adversity.
There is nothing, except ourselves, that can keep us from an amazing life filled with miracles and the expansion of God’s Kingdom.
My prayer is that everyone who reads this post, will realize the amazing call on their life that God has for them.
This calling is not the status-quo, nor is it mediocre, but instead it is full of joy, fulfillment, amazement, and excitement.
If you are wondering how you can live this fulfilled life, comment or email me and I will show you how to get on the right track.
I love you all, and remember #choosejoy