Not necessarily the family identity you’re trying to create, but how others see you.
Let me explain: Do you know a family that you consider the ‘sporty’ family? They’ve always got new sports shoes, athletic figures and attired with representative uniforms. Or maybe the ‘outdoor’ family. They’re often off camping, the kids have backpacks with a zillion zippers and the family 4WD is always dirty from the last off road trip?
There is nothing necessarily good or bad about these identities, they’re just examples of how interests and passions can become a family’s identity, whether intentional or not.
Other identities I can think of are the ‘gaming’ family, the ‘Eco’ family, the ‘nerd’ family, the ‘footy’ family and the ‘beach’ family. I’m sure you can think of others.
Some families will be intentional about how they’re perceived, others are given a family identity by what is observed of them.
What do you think is your family identity?
What do others observe to be your interests and passions?
Is it different to the identity you want to exude?
As Christians, we have been given a family identity:
Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:10 NIV)
With this identity in Christ, having received mercy, we can still enjoy video games, the outdoors, the beach, be passionate about the environment and ….. nerdy things* ….. but let’s be more passionate about sharing Jesus. Let’s be intentional about creating a family identity that is on about Jesus.
Let your identity be in Christ,
be passionate about proclaiming Him to the nations,
then enjoy the good gifts He gives us.
* This is not a derogatory term, rather an endearing term I associate with a family who knows of God’s mercy and proclaims His salvation through Christ (all of them, even the kids at school), they just also happen to be a family of self-professed nerds.
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