Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion. ~ Brennan Manning
We define ourselves in innumerable ways: by our health: by our wealth; by our roles; by our rights; by our relationships; by our religion.
If the facade fits, we wear it.
What if Brennan is right? What if every identity is an illusion except our identity as one who is beloved by God. Where does that leave those of us who learned long ago to be selectively honest and cautiously vulnerable; to give instead of receive.
Sometimes we choose to give, not because it’s more virtuous, but because it’s safer. Sometimes we chose to love rather than be loved because being loved involves such inherent risk.
If we find our worth and definition as one beloved by God, we’ll have to be willing to be loved by Him. Isn’t that’s what beloved means, to be loved by?
What do you say? Ready to run or ready to reveal? Ready to get radical and be who you already are? Ready to be loved, beloved?