I Am Who I Am
I am Who I Am
Loss of Identity is quite possibly the biggest epidemic of the western world. When we do not know who we are, we leave the door open for any and everyone to define us as they see fit. It is a dangerous place for us to be.
In the Bible, when asked His name, God says, “I Am”.
Also, in the 10 Commandments, He tells us not to use the Name of the Lord in vain.
At some point in my life, I made a connection between the two passages and linked them to a few others:
• “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1a).
• “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14a).
• “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18.21).
• “…even God, who gives life to the dead, and calls those things which are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17).
Across various spiritual (like the citings above )and psychological (like the concepts of self fulfilling prophecy) understandings we find a theme repeated – the Power of Word. As we speak what we speak, the abstract words become a concrete, tangible thing in our world. The more we come to understand this concept, the more we begin to carefully, thoughtfully, intentionally filter and choose the words that we use. There is Power in Word. AS such, we should not use them carelessly. AS such, we should not curse one another (Matthey 5:21-23). AS such, we should treat pin-point-accuracy, powerful phrases such as “I AM” with ALL Due Respect. I Am, is essentially the incarnation of God – it is a phrase of Creation. Whatever follows that phrase, is true.
Women, we especially wield this sharp sword around at ourselves with complete abandon and it’s time we take a look at it. How often do you find yourself standing in front of a mirror LITerally cursing yourself?
• I am SO ….
• I cant believe I did that I am such a ….
• Argh, I am never going to be …..
Take Note. Whatever follows this phrase becomes Truth. Studies have shown that psycologically, it takes 10 compliments to reverse the damages of a single negative statement. How often do we launch negativities at ourselves in rapidfire? As cruel as we believe the world to be, we are 100 times more unforgiving with ourselves. That concept, Be The Change You Wish To See? It is right on. Our perception of the world, and our ability to affect it is completely hinged on how we treat ourselves. Love Your Neighbor As Yourself? How can we love our neighbor if we DONT love and take care of and respect ourselves? We Cant (1 John 4:20). So I bid you. Take another look at the entity that is I Am.
Do not use it in vain.
I Am Capable
I Am Worthwhile
I Am Loveable
I Am Okay.
Beyond all of the fun bits of silliness I have scattered about my workshop, this piece of symbolic jewelry right here is by Far the most meaningful to me. It is a reminder and a map. When I see these in the mirror right as I am about to open my mouth and cast judgement, I stop and think about what I am about to say. And so I share it with you. I wish you love and urge you to find a place within yourself to nurture a seed of hope. Because you ARE worthwhile.
These pieces are customizeable with a choice of Acrylic or wood, beads or beadless, and can be made in most languages.