Case of the Mistaken Identity
One of the common challenges I see our teen girls and young women face, is rooted in a false sense of identity. And, technology and social media definitely have a hand in confusing us about who are are, Whose we are, and what we are called to do.
That’s why I’m so passionate about the work we do through Own Your Peach, as well as my personal endeavors. Helping girls and young women identify their God-given strengths, better understand who they are, the purpose and influence they have been given, and walk in that truth is at the core of everything I do. But this didn’t come over-night. Mistaken identity can look different depending on the person. But it often manifests in similar ways such as low self-esteem, people-pleasing, self-sabotage, comparison, failure to reach our full potential, and so much more!
Now, y’all know I tend to be super solution-focused (ask my family). Any time there’s an issue, I’m already thinking of ways to work toward finding and applying a solution so we can all get on with our lives. However, surviving a mistaken identity does not have a ‘one size fits all’ remedy. But, I do believe there are some fundamental tools we can start with to begin the process of surviving, thriving, and reclaiming our time! Check-out just a few below! What else would you add?
How to Survive, Thrive, and Reclaim Your Time
- Discover and understand who God says you are. Once you truly understand who God is and who He says you are, there is no limit to what you can do. Walk in this truth with humble confidence. Or GODfidence as I like to call it. 1 Peter 2:9
- KNOW that God created you, yes, you, in His image. Because this is a fact, you do not have anything to prove to anyone else about why you are valuable exactly the way you are.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
- Remember that you were uniquely designed for a special purpose. And the only thing that deserves your thoughts and time, are things that are in line with who you really are. Philippians 4:8
- Discover what makes you unique. What makes you, you. Not sure where to start? Make a list of things you are passionate about and/or good at. Things that, if money, time, resources, etc were not an issue, you would pursue. And begin the journey to make that happen. Someone is depending on it.
- Keep a gratitude journal. This can truly help keep life, and our identity in perspective. It can remind us that the things we find ourselves complaining about don’t even come close to what we have to be grateful for.
- Find your tribe. Love them. And grow with them. Your tribe is a group of people (family and friends) who provide mutual support and accountability. And when you find yourself in another ‘case of the mistaken identity,’ they’ll be right there to remind you who and Whose you are!
So, are you with me in doing the work within ourselves, and empowering others with the tools to do the same?
For more insight into surviving an identity crisis, thriving, and reclaiming your time, be sure to grab your copy of Reflections from the Kitchen: A 31-Day Devotional Cookbook !