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"Who am I?"
While I was a teenager, figuring out "Who am I?" was not simple. It was an unwelcome question. At times I knew whom I wanted to be like, but that usually was quite different from who I thought I was. I would have preferred to have the question go away, but life forced the issue, insisting that I decide what I wanted to do in life, who I wanted to be.
Periods of change tend to be times when the question of identity commands our attention. A change of jobs, moving to a new area, marriage, divorce—these are events that seem to redefine us. They often rouse insecurity. We wish our identity wasn't transitory. People want roots, stability, something secure.
Though we live in a scientific age, the natural sciences are not much help with the question of identity. I don't sleep better thinking that I'm about 70 percent water. I don't feel more secure thinking that I'm a random genetic pattern. The notion that I'm a mammal, genus Homo sapiens, doesn't put the question to rest.
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Finding our true value
Why not turn to God?
Elaine R. Follis
"Back From Oblivion, a Tribe Forges a Future" by Timothy Egan
Your life is worth living
Written for the Sentinel
"My identity is not the product of how other people see me"
with contributions from Amy Dresser
"Who am I?"
Richard C. Bergenheim
Our Christian calling
William E. Moody
Japhet David Martin
Over a period of several years, I gained a considerable...
I don't know why I stepped on the bee, or why I didn't see...
Kirk Wills with contributions from Sue Blanford Wills