Remember when “fast shoes” really made you fast?  
JMan at 2.
When kids play dress up, they do much more than pretend; they believe.  There is an all-out change of identity, and that internal change can send a very timid child to leap from a front porch railing, or embolden a shy child to shout words that will freeze an enemy in his tracks. 
You and I can remember times when belief was strong… or weak.  As a Mom, a dreamer, a friend (insert other role/descriptive), I need a  daily confidence and belief as I walk in identity.
Our family is trying something that we have never done before, and it is of utmost importance that we know more than who we are.  We must know who we are in Christ.
We have one shot at raising our kids.  One shot at “out-living” a life.  This is not pretend; this is the real thing.
Recently, we have had the honor of spending time with a 70-year-old man who has done more in his life than most would accomplish in several lifetimes.  He is generously pouring wisdom into Mike, and many of the profound pillars of his successes in life are just… simple.  Obvious.  True.  Here is one of them (pertaining to identity):

Everyone has a calling.  That calling is yours.  Too many people are not seeing success, simply because they are imitating someone else’s calling—one that was never meant for them to attempt.

And THAT is where we are:
  • You see, as a parent, it is easy to look at another mom and think, “How can I be like her?” Yet, my kids are who they are, and I must become the Mom that they need, while using the make-up that *I* was given when God created me, by being in daily surrender to His Creative power.
  • As an organization, it would be easy for us to try to imitate what others have done.  But the men and women who have really done great things are the ones who have walked confidently into the calling that God has given them, not one fit for someone else.  There is only one Charles Stanley. One Andy (whom we all love!).  In the business world, there was one Walt Disney, one Martha Stewart, one Bill Gates… There is only one ______ (you fill in the blank as you think of the people you admire).  Then think about this, “There is only one (YOU).” 
The power of the cape!
In the world of make-believe, a child does not care what other people think.  Kids simply throw off everything of concern to become the super-hero, the fair maiden, the rock star, the knight or the princess.
In the world of real-believe, we also must not care what others think.  In fact, we may even need to throw off identities of a former self (what we have believed about ourselves) in order to walk out of fear and into confident, unwavering obedience to a rightful calling (one made for you).
With the belief of a child, I can walk in an identity that is real, and not pretend.  And this identity is the only way to face the giants, to set out after impossible things, to try something that others may not even dare: 

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  ~Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

Imagine if we, who have been given access to such a super-power, would actually rise to meet the day in the identity of Christ.  We might lay down our uncertainties, insecurities, human thoughts and discouragements—and replace them with the confidence and full assurances of faith.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

I encourage you to look up and read with your own eyes many verses which let you know who you are in Christ.  If we, like kids putting on a fresh identity, would clothe ourselves daily in Christ... yours and my lives would be full; our concentric circles of influence could begin to take on a new identity, too.  Your daily steps of courage could begin to re-create…  

“And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” ~Romans 8:10-11 (NLT)

Can you imagine what life would look like if we begin to resemble Jesus and dare enough to Love (His power through our living)?  I’d like to see some of that!  There are railings to jump and enemies to silence.  It’s time for more than dress-up.  It’s time for a change in identity.

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.” ~Colossians 3:14 (NLT)
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