The Identity Puzzle

Figuring out what on earth you were created for isn’t an easy process, and it certainly isn’t a short one. I constantly find myself on the journey of self-discovery, and I always rejoice at finding a new piece to the identity puzzle.

One of my favorite movies is Eat, Pray, Love. OK, I know it was a book first, but I really love the movie. And it ends with the lead character Liz Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts, declaring “her word” to the love of her life. 

You see, earlier in the movie, at a picturesque restaurant table in Italy, one of Liz’s friends asks her what her word is. She answers with “writer,” and her friend responds, “Liz, darling, that’s not who you are. That’s what you are.” For the rest of the movie, she too embarks on the journey of self-discovery, looking for an answer to the age-old question, “Who am I?”

Shedding, changing, adapting, learning, refining, and remembering all take place before she starts to grab hold of who she really is. Fortunately for Liz, it only took her 12 months. Her word was “attraversiamo.” Italian for "let's cross over."

My personal experience hasn’t been exactly the same. At this point, I’m about five and a half years in. But I can say this: I’m miles ahead of where I once was. Although I struggle to walk it out at times, I know the foundations of who I am. My hope is that you do too. 

Here are some questions I often ask myself:

  • What are you? craftsman, volunteer
  • What is your word? peace
  • What do you enjoy? yoga, horses, traveling, writing, design, art
  • What inspires you? words, nature
  • What is your spiritual gifting? wisdom, teaching
  • What is your personality type? INTJ — introvert, intuitive, thinker, judger (structured)
  • What do you advocate for? healthy living, balance, maturity, boundaries
  • How do you connect with God? study, nature

I wrote my answers to give you some momentum, and now, I encourage you to write yours down too. Put them on a poster board, or somewhere you can see them all together. It may take months or years, but I promise, what you were created for will start to make sense. Like with anything, you’ll get out of it what you put into it.

If you need help understanding more about your God-given purpose and calling, consider registering for the Your Story E-Course. The first course starts this Thursday, December 4th and will be emailed to participants once a week for eight weeks.