Well, what’s Socrates got to do with it anyway, huh?
I keep getting requests for these “What kind of Girl are you?” quizzes on Facebook. So far, I’ve taken the “What Disney Princess Are You” quiz (I’m Belle – Yay!). I’ve taken the “What Musical Theater Heroine are You?” quiz (I’m Glinda from “Wicked.” It’s good to see me, isn’t it?) I’ve taken the “What Bible Heroine Are You?” Quiz (I’m Mary Magdalene – And no, she wasn’t a women of ill repute!) I’ve discovered my Love Language. I know what Myers-Briggs type I am. I’ve determined the color of my personality.
Bored yet? I am.
All of these quizzes reveal a little of who I am (except maybe for that last one), but I don’t need some internet quiz to tell me the kind of person I am. I know who I am.
I am messy and complicated.
I will sing at every opportunity – in the car, in the shower, anywhere the fancy strikes me.
I can belch the alphabet without benefit of soda.
I read Christian romance novels by the dozen.
I love resting in shaded meadows in summertime.
I am a forever kind of girl; In life and in love, go big or go home.
I hate the way I look in a bathing suit.
I love what tanning lotion and a good pair of high heels do for my legs.
I am a romantic.
I am a realist.
I am extremely punctual.
But most importantly, I am a child of God – covered by His grace, sheltered in His love.
There are a lot of places and people who will try to tell you who you are. There are lot of people who search and search, desperately trying to “find” themselves. I submit that we make this a lot harder than it needs to be, particularly if you are in relationship with God.
One of my all-time favorite quotes is from Max Lucado. “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.” It doesn’t apply just to women (although the image that this quote elicits is one of the most romantic things I’ve ever heard). As followers of Jesus, our goal is that our hearts should be so a part of His heart that they are almost indistinguishable; that when people look for us, they see Him. If that’s our goal, what, then, does that say about our identity?
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Oswald Chambers writes in My Utmost for His Highest, “Paul says, ‘I have been crucified with Christ’; he does not say, ‘I have determined to imitate Jesus Christ,’ or ‘I will endeavor to follow Him,’ but ‘I have been identified with Him in His death.’ …The free committal of myself to God gives the Holy Spirit the chance to impart to me the holiness of Jesus Christ.”
If you’re looking to find out who you are, you must first ask whether or not you’ve truly committed to identifying with Jesus in this act of dying to self and living for Him. If you haven’t done that, then there is no anchor for you to hold to, and you will be blown about by whatever whim of identity comes your way.
If you want to know what kind of person you are, stop looking at horoscopes, internet quizzes, or friends to tell you. Start looking at whatever it is you serve. To know yourself, you must know the One you serve.
And in case you were wondering, I’m “Blue”.