Who Are You?

Who are you? It is a good question. How do you answer that? Your name does not really mean much when describing who you are, and the names of your parents do not tell much more.

Often when we want to know who someone is we will ask them what they do for a living. This can tell us a little bit about them, but it can also be misleading. A single data point in a large array of information. So what makes up that information? What makes a person who they are?

When you try to get to the root of a person, you get to the choices they make. You are the result of your choices. These days an occupation is a choice (it was not always so), therefore a more valid question today than it was, say, 500 years ago. Who someone chooses to spend time with, what they do with their free time all tell a little bit about them.

But it goes a little deeper than that. What is at the root of those choices? Priorities are at the root. A person is a set of priorities, we are all the result of our priorities. These too are choices, but a sort of meta-choice at a level we rarely consciously consider.

I think that only by making decisions at this meta-level that we are able to generate our own force to move ourselves in the universe. Otherwise we are just like balls in a pinball machine bouncing from side to side by the forces that surround us.

I think this is the same line of thought as Paul had in Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

What is the will of God? A good topic for another post.

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