Here is a bit of insight on one of the things I’ve been learning most about during this semester abroad….and that is, the idea of “identity.”
Before leaving for my semester abroad, I of course expected to learn a lot about the Spanish way of life, the culture, the language… what I didn’t realize before coming to Spain, was just how much I would learn about myself in the process. When you study abroad, you quickly come to the realization that everything that you once knew of your surroundings has completely changed and how that actually influences who you are more than you think. Once all of the people, places, and things that make up your everyday, comfortable life are gone, it makes you see yourself for who you really are. It can be an uncomfortable process until you realize that there is one that doesn’t change no matter where you travel in this world. And His name is Jesus, He’s a pretty cool guy. ;)
I have to admit that I am a bit tired of standing out so much in Spain. As much as I want to blend in, let’s face it, I just cannot pass as a Spaniard. So where does my identity lie? In being an American? Being a wanna-be Spaniard? None of the above…
God has been teaching me so much about ultimately only finding my identity in Him. Sociologists have this term called, “the looking-glass theory” that states that you adapt yourself to be what the most important person in your life thinks you are.
So what would it look like if we were more like John and were able to see our primary identity in Him alone, as “the one Jesus loves?” What an honor to be able to call ourselves His beloved.