Reflections // So, You Wanna be an Influencer? WEEK 3

It’s week 3 of this devo series and I’m officially stealing titles from Disney movies, because, what can you do, am I right? In the movie Mulan, a 1998 Disney classic, a girl goes on a quest for her identity and finds love. It’s pretty delightful if you haven’t seen it, but LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS to defeat the hu….man idea of how we find our identity. Do you like what I did there? That song will now be stuck in your head all day now. But, in all reality, we do need to defeat the negative places that our identity is coming from.

At the end of the day, we’re all Mulan. We just stare into our reflections and ask ourselves who we are, but that’s the problem. We’re asking the wrong sources. We ask ourselves, we ask social media, we ask those people with huge platforms who don’t even know us, we ask music, we ask movies. We crave definition. We crave to be known. Sometimes, I think we might all secretly love stereotypes because they put us in these safe little boxes that define us and they give us an “identity.” A misdiagnosed identity, but an identity nonetheless.

So here’s the thing, identity isn’t what we think it is, because while it is a sum of who we are, our identity is born out of the influence we allow to guide us. Honestly, that’s kind of terrifying.

The dictionary defines identity as: Condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing.

I read that and it smacks me square in the middle of the nose. Instantly my head goes down this long list of everything I allow to influence me, because at the end of the day, we are sponges. Just soaking up all the things we allow to fill us up. Bare with me now for an example; it’s like when you watch certain TV shows. There used to be the show called Sons of Anarchy, it was a really dark show. I only watched about the first 3 episodes, because I realized that when I was watching it, the anxiety that plagues me was at an all time high. I would have more panic attacks than normal, I couldn’t sleep. I was just in a bad place. I was letting that show influence me which in turn was inspiring me to claim fear and anxiety as my identity.

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Last week, I talked about thinking on what is noble, righteous, and pure--Fear isn’t one of those things. We do that, so often though, I bet you can think of fifty examples in your own life where you’ve claimed something negative as part of your identity. I’m here to tell you, those things are not who you are. You are not your anxiety. You are not your fear. You are not your past. You are not your failures. You are not what your ex says about you. You are not your looks. Those things might be pieces of your story, but they do not define who you are.

Your identity was defined the day Christ died for your sins. The truth that you are created in His image should be the only source you allow to influence you to create your identity.

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

All of that stuff that came before, that we’ve been using to define ourselves is irrelevant because we are new.

Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

Next time you stare into your own reflection, keep in mind that your identity is created by what you allow to influence you, so check yourself before you wreck yourself and reflect on the truth that you are create in the image of Christ and in Him, you are new. Your identity is in Him.

See you next Tuesday, April 23, for the last installment of the Influence devo series. Can’t wait to keep learning with you all!

Bridgette Brandon