It’s no doubt that our students, and even ourselves, struggle with feeling like we have to be somebody else in order to win over those we want to like us. For students, it can be peers at school, on the sports team, and the different clubs. There’s a longing to be accepted and loved. It’s an innate human feeling.
Our kids have to balance multiple identities to begin with — son/daughter, brother/sister, student, athlete, musician, employee, and even Christian — but what happens when within those identities they have to create fake identities in order to feel accepted? The weight gets to be too much.
Unfortunately, it’s much easier said than done when trying to convince a teenager they just have to be themselves, because chances are they don’t totally have themselves figured out. Over the course of this ministry year we’ll be talking about what it means to figure out our true selves — the self God intended.
For today’s devotional, talk to your students about their identities, and even try to see if they will talk about the ones they try to construct.
What we don’t realize is that we can sometimes create a view of God that says we need to put up a front in order to be accepted by him. This can passed onto our kids. Even if we don’t do it, somehow that view can sneak in. When really God accepts us for who we are. No, God doesn’t want us to stay where we are, but he wants us to come with everything we are and have and lay it down at the cross. First, we have to have an understanding of where our identities begin.
Read Genesis 1:26-27 with your family, then discuss the following questions.
We have been created in the image of God. This means that each and every one of us was made to reflect God to others as a mirror reflects our image. Do you struggle with trying to be someone you’re not? Why?
Take a mirror. Have everyone present take a look in the mirror and repeat the following message: “I have been created in the image of God.”
Now ask, “What are the first thoughts that come to mind when you look in the mirror? Are they in line with what God says about you?”
Prayer. Thank God for making you in his image. Specifically ask for help in accepting his truth about who you are in Christ
Questions taken from
Driscoll, Mark. “Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ Study Guide with Daily Devotions.” Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ Study Guide with Daily Devotions, Thomas Nelson, 2013, pp. 15–16.