Mistaken Identity


Everyone gets a kick out of watching a viral video. I don’t search for them. They’re posted on all of social media, so you can’t miss a shocking video. Some can be entertaining while others can be disturbing. One in particular I will never forget. A mother received a call from her daughter’s school saying she has been leaving school with a strange man every day. Of course as a mother, there is a sense of panic and asked for a description of the man. The school said the man was tall, stubby, looked like he was out of shape, his hair was fragile and he had a light mustache. The mother asked to send over proof. The school sent over a photo. This is where it gets funny. The mother said on the video, it was her without her wig! The mother realized it was her they were talking about!! I mean the shock of being perceived as someone else.

Do you have ever wonder how others perceive you? As much as I look like a woman. Some people, particularly workers at stores have asked, “Do you need any help, sir?” or have said, “I’ll be with you sir.” I mean really? Do I look like a man? Just because I am tall and sometimes wear a baseball cap (morning errands look), doesn’t mean I am different than what others think I am.

We have all been perceived something different than who we really are. In the past year, we’ve seen some or heard about people’s perceptions of others on television or even experienced it ourselves in the past or currently. Mistaken Identity…we’ve all been victims of it. Or we’ve put that on ourselves as well. Big or small.

How do you see yourself? Think about it. What thoughts have you had about yourself? We often find ourselves basing our self-worth on how others see us and on our accomplishments, defining our value based on our looks, or setting unrealistic standards for ourselves. We face situations where we question who we are, but it doesn’t have to be this way. We should see ourselves as God sees us.

When I feel my identity is lost, I have to remind myself, my identity is found in Jesus Christ.

Our identity is that of a child of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Our spiritual inheritance is the hope of spending all eternity with God. That is unconditional love and the hope we find in Him. None of this is based on what we do or what others see us as.

He has chosen us in Christ, 1 Peter 2:9 says, But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people from His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

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