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Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people.1 Peter 2:10 NLT
In the movie The Bourne Identity, Jason Bourne, the lead character, struggles to determine his true identity. He has amnesia with flashbacks to traumatic events. He is sure they shaped his present reality, but he can’t put the pieces together. He remembers fleeing for his life. He remembers it was kill or be killed at some point, but why? What was the motive? Was there a purpose? And who was the girl with him?
Jason strains to learn if there was a moral value to the pursuit of his life. He fears he may have been a rouge on the run perhaps even from himself. Bit by bit, piece by piece, his memory returned, and he began to separate who he was from what he did. Once he discovered the truth, he began to live out of his true identity. The truth was the key to his question, Who am I?
He discovered in his life’s quest that indeed he had a higher purpose than self-preservation. I’ll stop there so I don’t spoil the story.
In the same way it is critical that you and I discover our true identity. I imagine you have a head start on Jason Bourne in the condition he was in. But no doubt you feel the struggle inside to determine who you are at the core. It is normal to want to discover why you do what you do. You desperately hope that there is a higher purpose and a moral value that drives you forward. Surely, there is a grand reason you are alive.
What if you could harness the drive and passion that is inborn away from selfishness into alignment with your life’s purpose? The key is to discover your true identity. To find the truth you must be willing to search.
Week 4, Love People, Day 1, Devo 16