by Courtney Laib, Story Hope
Can you believe that tomorrow is the last day of October, which also means it will be the last day of this 31 day series on Identity? Isn’t it interesting how something begins to feel so normal after you do it for a couple of weeks? Writing a couple of times a week on identity has sort of started to feel like a normal part of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I do feel a bit of relief knowing that the “obligation” to come up with something to write isn’t there anymore (although it never really was an obligation to begin with), but at the same time I will miss this. I will miss your thoughts and your comments and bouncing ideas back and forth with Lauren on what we should write about next. Doing this 31 days series with Lauren has stretched me more than I thought it would. It’s stretched me as a writer and a thinker.
There were many days in which it was my turn to post and I had no idea what I was going to write about that day. And then God would spark an idea in my head… something I had just observed the day before in my normal daily routine. I began to be more aware of my surroundings, began looking for little, meaningless things that God desired to use as teachable moments. I began to ask God, “What can you teach me about identity today and through whom?”
So thank you for taking this journey with us. Thank you for engaging in this conversation about who we are and who we are not. It’s been really fun.
A couple of months ago I was at a conference where one of the main speakers was a man named Paul Tripp. Paul is one of the best speakers I’ve ever heard and he’s the author of many books as well. Of all the things he said that weekend, there was one thing that really stuck with me and ironically it wasn’t even something in his teaching time but rather in one of his prayers.
Before he began his message he prayed, “God would you help me to live what I teach.”
It’s so hard isn’t it? To actually live what we say, what we write, and what we preach? I appreciated Paul’s humility in that prayer so much because he was being honest about the fact that it’s much easier to say something than it is to actually live it out. And for us bloggers, sometimes it can be easier to write something from behind our computer screens than to actually live it out in real life.
My fear after writing about our identity in Christ for the past 31 days is that when the writing is done and the conversation fades, I will forget all the truth that I challenged myself with over these last four weeks. I’m afraid I’ll go on living in such a way that I’ll continue to try to find my identity in someone or something other than Jesus. And I don’t want to do that.
So will you pray for me? And for Lauren? And can we pray for you? Let’s pray that we will continue to put our identities in Christ and let’s bring each other back to center when we don’t.
God, may you help us live what we teach, live what we say, and live what we write.
Courtney is a mom, wife, friend, and Instagram addict. She lives in the Chicago area with her Pastor husband and three year old son. She is a fan of summer time, chai tea lattes, running, making new friends, traveling, and loving the ‘least of these’. She blogs at storyhope.com and you can usually find her talking about life, faith, and finding hope in brokenness.