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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Identity Crisis

By Scott Harrup
April 15, 2012

Who am I? Why am I here? What can I accomplish? What do people think of me?

In a rapidly changing world, each new generation struggles to establish a sense of identity. The media popularize broad generational titles — baby boomers, Generation X, millennials. Such concepts may help historians describe a decade or two of human activity, but they do little to create personal meaning in life.

Young followers of Christ can ask identity questions from a different frame of reference. As they view their identity through a redemptive lens, their questions shift accordingly. Who has God created me to be? Why has He placed me within these life circumstances? What does He want me to accomplish? How can I represent Christ to others?

No identity crisis there.

A Christ-centered focus does not erase everyday realities. There are still classes to attend, job schedules to keep, relationships to build or mend or even to let go (breaking up is a tough choice for Christians, too). But that redemptive lens helps young believers grow into God’s bigger plan for their lives and helps them grow into a settled confidence about their place in the world.

Robert Crosby’s article “What’s True About You?” connects the larger issues of life with a redemptive focus that can become life changing. “In the final analysis,” Crosby notes, “God has already said what is true about you. His Word is full of insights into His nature and our new nature through Christ.”

No identity crisis there.

When your identity in Christ is clear, another truth comes to life, as Jason Bohanon describes in “Twists and Turns”: “God, being the all-knowing God He is, knows exactly how and when to turn us in the right direction, and the more we study His Word and His nature, the easier it becomes to recognize and trust His voice — and His quiet, directional calls.”

As you read this issue, frame your soul-searching questions with an expectation that your Heavenly Father’s answers will become clear in His time and with His results.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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