Today on Perry and Shawna Mornings we launch into a week long conversation on finding our true identity.
First we look at what our culture tells us about identity—it’s really about how you measure up: You’re loved if you’re at the top and you’re not if you’re at the bottom. Shawna uses Max Lucado’s children’s book “You Are Special,” to pin this lie to the mat. Our identity comes from God as a gift: We are created by God in his image and God loves us so much that he sent his Son to die for us!
Then Perry shares how he longs to live as Tim Keller says: “In the freedom of self-forgetfulness.” That is, not finding our identity in what we do good or bad, but rather finding it in Jesus’ extravagant love for us while were we still sinners to make us sons and daughters of God!
And finally maybe you’re like us—the gap between who God says we are and who we really are in real time is so huge. That can be so discouraging. But’s there’s hope! Jesus has planted his life in us who follow him. And as we give up trying harder and then submit our natural desires to his power at work in us, the gap narrows, little by little over the long journey.
We can rest in the promise that he who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion! (Phil. 1:6).
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.