(This blog post was originally written by Jean-Marie Jobs in October 2016.)

We are so tempted to revise our identity, to find it in what we can do, or not do, we confuse our identity with our natural gifts or talents.  The Scripture strongly admonishes us:

Romans 9:20-23  20 Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? Do you for one moment suppose any of us knows enough to call God into question? Clay doesn’t talk back to the fingers that mold it, saying, “Why did you shape me like this?” 21 Isn’t it obvious that a potter has a perfect right to shape one lump of clay into a vase for holding flowers and another into a pot for cooking beans? 22 If God needs one style of pottery especially designed to show his angry displeasure 23 and another style carefully crafted to show his glorious goodness, isn’t that all right? The Message

What clouds our view of our name? I know for me, sometimes it’s my expectations of myself – as if I can’t make a mistake AND when I do, I call myself names, like stupid or useless. When I start buying into my own stories, it’s much easier to allow other people to name me as well.  All throughout our lives, other voices seek to name us:  at school, at home, the media, the culture.  We are named as our gender, our sexual preference, our talents, our mistakes, our gifts, our struggles, our beliefs.

Or we allow our feelings to name us, i.e. I am depressed, I am anxious, I am shy –  instead of clinging to God’s name for us.

Today, ask.  Ask Him for the name He has for you.  Then listen.