Who Are You?
As a 24 year old girl, it is hard to fully identify who I am. In church, we are told to put our identity in Christ; but that is easier said than done, right?
Often, I identify myself as the independent, the wildcard, my own person. More often than not, I focus on who I want to be – who I am working to be: a child of God, a trailblazer, a compassionate soul.
In a world where we find ourselves bogged down by negativity, media and criticism, it is hard to remember that you are a child of God; that you are loved truly and faithfully.
One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (NIV).
While Jeremiah 29:11 is comforting, it is also incredibly daunting and scary.
Just like my father, I am a control-freak, a planner. I love to know exactly what I am doing and when. Five minutes early means being on-time, so it is hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that there is a plan that I know nothing about.
But God gives us the confidence to put our faith in Him. He calls to us, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous” (Isaiah 41:10).
Knowing that God will strengthen me; that He will guide me through life. His plan is laid out in front of me – I just need to trust Him.
So He gives us a plan, a path and an identity; but how do we uncover it all? Song of Solomon 4:7 reminds us, “you are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you” (NIV). We must cling to His word to remind us of our identity in Christ.
Each day, I choose my identity in Christ; I choose to work to impact the world around me. For the past 5 years, I have worked towards uncovering my purpose in life. What I have uncovered is that God has put me through these hardships in life to bring me closer to Him; to use me as a vessel to speak of His love and faithfulness.
Throughout the trials I have experienced in my short life, I clung to the truth of God’s love; of His everlasting gift He offers His children. The gift that I will see my mom and my aunt again.
I choose to be strong, a force to be reckoned with, inspirational. I work to be created in His image, compassionate and loving to all. I am a child of God, and “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well” (Psalm 139:14 NKJV)
Author: Brianna Nelson
Brianna Nelson is a 24 year old Southern California native that currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She loves reading, listening to music and going to concerts, spending time outdoors with her friends, and playing with her new puppy Ginny, a 4 month old Dachshund. She was raised Roman Catholic, but at the age of 10 converted to Christianity with her family. She rededicated her life to God at the age of 20 while attending California Baptist University. Brianna has experienced her own sense of loss when her mom died of a rare blood disease when she was 13 years old. Since then she has lost several close family members and friends. She suffered depression in her early years of college and since then, she has spoken out about the effects of depression and the loss of a loved one within the Christian community. She is currently furthering her education at Regent University and obtaining a Masters in Strategic Communications while working full time for the Hospital Corporation of America in their Human Resources department. Her home church in Nashville is Crosspoint.