Finding identity

hello my name is

Hello my name is:

-Liar

-Cheater

-Thief

-Addict

-Murderer

-Adulterer

-Abuser

-Gluttonous

-Selfish

-Miser

We remember the book by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter,  where an adulterer, Hester Prynne, is forced to wear the letter A on her chest for everyone to see her sin?! Do we remember today, yesterday, or last year, the name tag, that we ourselves or someone we know, placed on our chest? What name have you been going by lately? What name have your friends, family, or even acquaintances, whispered to each other that you should be known as? Are you the liar, cheat, thief, or miser that everyone has been talking about? Everywhere you go, do you feel like your Scarlet letter A has been pinned for all to see? The artist Matthew West has been singing a song that addresses exactly that feeling and it is called “Hello My Name is”.

Hello, my name is regret
I’m pretty sure we have met
Every single day of your life
I’m the whisper inside
That won’t let you forget

I feel like my own body is so covered with “hello my name is regret”, that you no longer can see the creation of who God made me to be. I am a beautiful being, made in His image, covered by grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love and yet I don’t see those beautiful things, I see the ugliness, the shame. Who puts those tags on me? Some I have placed on myself and some I have let others place. The key to all of this is, I have placed them and I have LET others place them which means I am in control of what name tags are on me. Why am I in control of that when I feel so out of control? I am in control because God is in control. I have a Savior who has cleansed me and made me new and gives me the freedom to take off those tags and put on His tag, “hello my name is the Daughter of the King of Kings”, I just need to claim it and accept that is how He sees me. In West’s lyrics, he states so beautifully that name tag we can claim.

These are the voices, these are the lies
And I have believed them, for the very last time

Chorus:
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, and I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King

I need to stop listening, believing, and succumbing to the identity that others have labeled me with. We all need to listen to our Creator ,who loves us and has rescued us, and says we are beautiful, forgiven, loved and chosen. Take off those tags and put the one and only one on that matters.

Hello my name is FORGIVEN, CHOSEN, and SAVED BY GRACE. It is so very nice to meet you!

-Read more of Matthew West – Hello, My Name Is Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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One thought on “Finding identity

  1. I’ve been reading some of your blog posts, and they are excellent! This one stands out because this was the message tonight. I think the pastors have been consulting your blog 🙂 Beautiful. Keep writing.

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