One day, I woke up and did not know who I was any more. For as long as I could remember, I’d worked hard to be an excellent teacher, a committed youth worker, and a beloved friend. I poured my whole life into these roles, and my whole identity was wrapped up in my skewed perspective of what made me important.
But then, God allowed me to experience a crisis of identity. My world came crashing down with disappointment and failure. A close friendship ended badly. I realized I was burned out from juggling too many from ministry commitments. I struggled to maintain composure in front of my students. My spirit was weary, and I felt adrift in a sea of doubt.
Negative thinking consumed me. I felt
How would I move forward when everything I loved about me was gone?
In the days that followed, I made one crucial decision that saved me. Rather than sit at home and cry all weekend, I decided to join a friend at a Bible study. This began my journey to discovering the shocking truth about my identity. I realized that I needed God to re-shape my thinking. I prayed that night and asked Him to help me move forward.
I spent many quiet moments with my God that year. I learned to sit quietly at His feet. I prayed and worshipped and rested. I stopped doing, and I began to discover “being.”
You see, God doesn’t define me by all the things I do for Him.
No matter what happens tomorrow, I am forever His own. In Christ, I am
Lyli Dunbar loves teaching. For 17 years, she mentored teenagers in the Christian school setting, and now she has serves as Associate Director of Curriculum at Trinity International University Florida. Lyli married her Prince Charming in her 40’s and has a heart for encouraging young couples and singles in God’s waiting room. She enjoys road trips with her husband, connecting with women through Bible study, and reading way too many books. Lyli writes about life lessons and faith on herpersonal blog. You may also connect with her on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.
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