Remind Me Who I Am

Renee Ann Smith —  August 31, 2015 — 12 Comments

Sometimes I forget who I am.

I might be sitting in a meeting, enjoying a meal with family, browsing through a store, and I hear the voice of a stranger speaking and realize . . . that’s me.

Am I sick, over-tired, losing it? Or is this just another season of life when women go temporarily crazy—like the teen years or menopause?

I decided to expose my vulnerability and ask my friends, “Do you ever feel like you’ve forgotten who you are?”

Every woman I asked answered without hesitation, “Of course.”

My 70 year old friend said, “I look in the mirror at the gray hair, wrinkles, age spots and wonder who that woman is. I feel the same as I did 30 years ago . . . or 40 years ago.”

But even my younger friends, ones with little children clinging to their skirts, have felt the disconnect, that odd feeling of being outside themselves, watching themselves tend babies and cook dinners.

Why does that happen? Have we lost touch with reality? 

I think during those moments, we’ve lost touch with the “real world” around us, the things we can touch and see, and are aware of a different world, a deeper world, a world of the spirit—and we get a little lost. 

Eternity C. S. Lewis

Those surreal moments bring home to me that we’re built for eternity, but we inhabit time—and sometimes that’s not a comfortable fit.

But we have an advantage when the One who lived that best, the One who seamlessly brought the worlds together—Jesus, an eternal spirit housed in a finite body—lives in us.

He navigated the worlds with grace and enables us to do the same.

Keeping in close touch with Him is what reminds us who we are—that we’re more than the duties we perform and the labels we give ourselves.

And that we will not reach our full potential until we’re home with Him in glory.

Because, no matter how anyone else sees us or how we see ourselves, who we am to Jesus is who we will be for all eternity. 

Selah! That’s amazing stuff!

Someday I’ll shed this outer shell that contains my soul and receive the body designed to last forever.

(At times I’m really happy that what I see in the mirror will not leave this world with me!)

In that eternal, incorruptible body, I’ll see as I was meant to see, relate to the true world as I was designed to, and fit like a glove into my new surroundings.

What a day that will be!

Remind Me Who I Am

Let’s look for glimpses of glory today. Blessings, friends!

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12 responses to Remind Me Who I Am

  1. I have to be reminded of who I truly am sometimes…maybe all the times…too, Renee!! Love this: Anyone who knows who God made them to be will not try to be someone else. Just beautiful!

  2. My son often relates to me how he sometimes “loses touch” with who he is…sort of like a semi-out of body experience. Personally, I can’t really relate to it when he tells me about it. I do know that when I feel especially close to the Lord and am worshipping Him, my spirit is lifted so high that sometimes I think I could float. I do know in my heart that one day our minds and bodies will be renewed and we will fully know and understand the connection between the physical and spiritual worlds. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Beautifully said, dear Renee. I must say this is a timely post…. You see, I will be turning 30 next spring and in some ways I am struggling with the fact that I am indeed getting older. Often I feel like I should still be 22 {{smiles}} I often think about the things I have done or haven’t done and often wonder what God has in store.

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration – I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Hugs!

  4. It’s easy to forget who we are when life can be so busy sometimes. We get lost in the mundane and the day-to-day. It definitely has happened to me before, and I am sure it will again, but I hope my awareness will make it easier to come back to the One who gives eternal life.

  5. So very very beautifully written – you expressed so clearly that tension between our physical and spiritual lives so well. I wrote on a similar subject as well this week but not nearly as clear or so eloquently worded. Thank you so much – I got a lot out of this. Your Three Word Wednesday neighbour this week.

  6. I was never able to articulate how I have been feeling lately, at 55, but you hit the nail on the head! It’s like I don’t know who I am anymore!

    Thank you for reminding me that no matter how I “feel” about myself or how others perceive me all that matters is how God sees me and that NEVER changes. I am His child who He loves with an everlasting love. :-)

  7. I think we do need reminders of who we are and whose we are. It is so easy to forget in the midst of busyness. Thanks, neighbor. Blessings on your faith journey!

  8. Beautiful! This post is one of my faves for Wake Up Wednesday this week. Thanks for sharing.

  9. We really do have an advantage because Jesus lives in us. What a wonderful thought. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday last week!

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