Why Even Try?

Why Even Try?

Who am I trying to be?

Am I trying to be like a certain movie star, athlete or entrepreneur? Am I trying to be more like Mother Teresa or Billy Graham?

Am I trying to be more like Jesus?

I don’t think we should try to be like any of those people. What does trying to be someone else gain me if I’m not that person?

I think that anytime we’re trying to be any certain way, it’s a sign that something is off. I’m not saying we can’t or shouldn’t change our habits and thinking patterns, or develop new skills. I’m more speaking about trying to be something we’re not, especially in terms of identity.

Who am I? Why not act according to who I am instead of acting according to something or someone I’m trying to be? Will I ever be something I’m not?

Who am I? If I were to live out the fullness of who I am, would I still be lacking? Am I enough? Or should I try to be more than I am?

Who am I? Am I good? Am I acceptable? Am I worthy of love?

If I am, then I can stop wasting time trying. I don’t need to try to be who I am. I can just be who I am.

If I’m not, there’s still no point in trying. It’s just a lot of hard work and heavy burden trying to be something I’ll never be. It almost seems like I’d need to be born a second time. This second time I’d need to be born as someone who already is all of those things. Then I could finally just be who I am.


2 thoughts on “Why Even Try?

  1. Interesting….the question is in dealing with our “identity” ……am I a child of God. Knowing the answer to this brings clarity to any other identity I may be chasing. Your thoughts are interesting…can you take it further?

  2. Hi Sue,
    Thanks for your comment. Taking it further would be something I’d enjoy doing. I feel like there are a number of different directions I could take it further in. Any questions it raises in particular?

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