Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Identity and iPhones

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No matter what it's doing, my iPhone always remembers its identity.  

If it is sending an email, it still rings.
If it is processing my latest Words with Friends move, it still rings.
If it is playing Adele on my docking stereo, it still rings.

It still rings while browsing the internet, sending a text, or loading Facebook.

My phone does not get sidetracked by it's bells and whistles.  It always remembers that it is a phone first and foremost.  When someone calls, it lets me know, and casually offers me the choice to accept or decline.

Do I always remember that my identity is simply this:

I am a CHILD OF GOD.

My bells and whistles?  Well, there is an assortment, I tell you.

How often do I get wrapped up in the fact that I:
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mother
teach
write
speak
draw
create
decorate
clean
organize
cook
wife
friend
run
volunteer
read
consume
give?

How often do I wrap myself so tight that when He calls, I do not answer?  I do not ring.  I do not accept.  How often do I decline?

I want to remember my identity as well as my iPhone.  HIS FIRST.

all else, secondary.

a simple bell
or a simple whistle.

When He calls, I will answer
now.

15 comments :

  1. yes. just, yes. i want to remember that, too.
    sweet words today,
    steph

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  2. Awesome post! This is something I have just realized recently. I get so wrapped up in my daily life and things that have to be done things to get done kids work school etc. That sometimes I miss his call because I am just to busy thinking of everything.

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  3. Love this m Jen. What a great reminder. I got an Iphone for Christmas so really could identify with this. You have made my day!

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  4. I love this Jen. I need to remember my true identity, and in remembering that, I can then function better in my other roles. I want to live, move, and find my being in the fact that I Am His.

    Many blessings!

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  5. In our theology (I mean in my denomination's theology) we define "perfect" as in the "perfect" the Bible speaks about as knowing your purpose. In other words, a pen may be ugly, chewed up, broken on the top, etc but if it still writes it is doing what it was designed to do so it is "perfect." In the same way, followers of Christ can be broken, struggling, have personalities that require them to always be working, surrendering, seeking, but if they love Him and others, they are doing what they were designed to do and are, therefore, "perfect." Not sinless, not faultless, not without blemish and pasts, but doing what they were called to do in the best way they can. Remembering their identity in the midst of this imperfect world and their imperfect lives and the fact that they were created in his image and He is love. I hope that made sense...

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  6. "KNowing your purpose" What a great post. Yes, it would be so nice if my direct line to the Father always stayed open but unfortunately, I am afraid I cut the ringer off and am not available sometimes.....I love word pictures so I will remember this analogy.....Thank you so much...

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  7. Jen - this was wonderful. Thanks for the reminder that we need to remember our identity.

    In this world it's so easy to get side-tracked.

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  8. wow. brilliant, jen. i get so, so sidetracked too. why is it so hard to remember who we are?

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  9. Love always calls. Always answers. Never hangs up.

    Great post, Jen.

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  10. smiles...nice honest piece...we are so many things and honestly being his does not need to be apart from most all of these....

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  11. This is a really great metaphor!! The I-phone has a lot of bells & whistles & doesn't forget its identity. I think I will keep this image close to me. Thanks!

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