First Congregational Church Winter Park
Who Are You?
Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.” – John 8:14
We watched a lot of movies over the Christmas holidays. A good deal of them had to do with leaving an old version of one’s self behind and embracing a newer, better self. Scrooge does this, and for as many variations of this theme as there is the truth of it is never diminished.
A good deal of the time, perhaps, we don’t know who we are, how we got to where we are, or where we go from here. The journey of life is, among a great many things, one of self-discovery. The quote above from John comes from a dispute early in John’s gospel from religious leaders about who Jesus is. While they may not know or disagree about it, for Jesus it is very clear. Jesus knows who he is, where he came from, and where he’s going.
That kind of clarity is something we all seek, yet a good deal of the time it eludes us. In addition, we’re always growing and changing and the person we were last year, five years ago, twenty years ago, isn’t necessarily the person we are today. The world moves fast and we struggle to keep pace. Who are we? Where are we going?
As we enter into a new year it’s as good a time as any to consider such things. Who are we as 2021 begins? Where are we headed? Where do we desire to be in six months or as we begin 2022? How do we make those visions realities? How do we become more like Jesus and better know who we are and where we are headed?
Finding the answers to those questions about ourselves is one of life’s greatest challenges as well as its greatest blessings.
God Of Discovery, help us to always be on the journey of discovering who we are, where we’re headed, and who are meant to be.