the great "i am..."

The Great I Am commonly refers to God who says to Moses in Exodus 3, " I Am That I Am... Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you."

But the great "I am..." referenced in this entry is a little different. This is the "I am" that we often use to refer to ourselves. "I am talented." "I am beautiful or handsome." "I am smart."

For a lot of us, those positive truths are hard to admit. So we default to some of these. "I am so messed up." "I am such an idiot." "I am just trying to make it through." And those thoughts are what shape our days, our weeks, and eventually our lives.

I remember watching the movie Sister Act 2 years ago. Whoopi Goldberg says to Lauren Hill's character who is discouraged from singing in the choir, "If you wake up in the morning and you can't think of anything but singing first, then you're supposed to be a singer, girl!" Lauren then reads a book recommended by Whoopi and is inspired to rejoin the choir. The choir goes on to win a competition and save the church. It's a very inspirational story.

Anyway, the quote simplifies defining who we are. As I mentioned in a previous post, validation tends to be my crutch. But who else can validate your level of passion for something, but you? I am learning that if we must label ourselves, then we should do so based on our passions and who we aspire to be. And we will eventually shape our days, our weeks, and our lives to leave a great legacy.

I am an optimist. I am an artist. I am a habitual seeker of wisdom.