In January, I came home from the most difficult season of my life. I had to leave a missions outreach (in Nepal) two months early. I found myself back in the United States. When I got back, I applied for my dream internship, and I was accepted..
Then, I had the most confusing identity crisis of my life. The work I had intended on accomplishing in Nepal had completely fallen through. I was so attached to the work I had been doing in Nepal, that I felt that my identity had failed. Because of this, I was under-performing in my internship.
Then God gave me this verse:
Ephesians 2:10 “for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”
About half of us reading this blog are task-oriented people. We crave the satisfaction of feeling productive. We hate any empty spaces (where we’re not doing things) or when things don’t go as we predicted they would. We are the type that feels disappointment on a personal level. This especially applies to the long-term things we commit ourselves to.
Taking that into consideration, let me pose these questions:
-How do we do position ourselves to do the best work we can?
-How can we approach the things we’re passionate about in a healthy manner and in a way that will reach the best possible outcome?
Even more difficult, how do we react to disappointment, when things don’t go as we planned?
The answer is simple:
Be all about yourself
Know your identity
I would argue that being completely grounded in your identity is your biggest key to performing/working with confidence. A healthy awareness of who you are is the surest way to separate feeling personally hurt, when things don’t go how you think they should.
How do we go about affirming our identities?
Be all about yourself.
Don’t let the enemy tell you that you’re being selfish. Your true identity will put God on display in a beautiful way. Often, we sacrifice ourselves for the work we do, when, in reality, the work we do should come out of who we are and who He is. If we are made in Christ, then, by Christ, we are enabled to do the things He planned for just us, Simply believe He made you in a way that’s perfectly formed to accomplish the things He puts in your path.
I’m a logical thinker. I value efficiency. My friends are more emotional thinkers. They function better when everything is spread out and “messy”. When we’re in creative groups together, I always come up with minimal, streamlined art. They produce more emotionally provoking pieces. There is no one style better than the other. Each style can be appreciated for what it is and the artistic function they each serve. If you’re an artist, you will be hired because you have your own unique style. When you are passionate about doing the work of Heaven, God will call you to do certain things because of your unique identity. The work that comes from just you.
I will always tell everyone I know that God created you in a specific way, in order to do the things He has for you in that specific way. Take some time for yourself and let God speak to you about how He made you. I promise, you’ll be blown away by what He says.
Danyelle is an ambitious twenty year old living in southern California who wants to see all things turned to the glory of God. She is an aesthete, an academic, and a reckless adventurer.
Danyelle has a history of vocal performance during high school and college. In 2015 she took a hiatus from college to pursue an education in missions.
In 2016, she is re-focusing her vocal experience towards worship ministry and is re-starting her university studies in pursuit of a law degree with the purpose of aiding foreign missionaries.
See her posts here: Danyelle Madden