I was recently the victim of identify theft. No, not through an online transaction or a lost checkbook. The unlikely location for identity theft was the high school guidance counselor’s office.
My son, a rising tenth grader, and I visited the high school guidance counselor. While he discussed course schedules, I filled out the necessary paperwork:
- Parent Name
- Address (Check box if same as the student)
- Phone number
Occupation. This word haunts me. For over fifteen years, I wore a lab coat to work and displayed my Doctor of Pharmacy degree in a prominent place in our home. Today, the lab coat hangs in the back of the closet. My diploma is stacked in the corner of the basement collecting dust and cobwebs—much like my mind during severe moments of brain fog.
Occupation: _________________. The word and preceding blank mocked me. It demanded an answer.
I left it blank.
What was I supposed to write?
- Pharmacist with rare illness unable to work.
- Medically retired
- Full-time patient
- Professional paper filler-outer
- CEO of the family
- First lady of the White House (My last name <wink wink>)
- Home management expert
The identity thief slipped in without notice. Perhaps he hid behind the motivational posters decorating the office. Or was it the letters that used to follow my name? That thief stole my identity.
I was proud of myself for not crying. Instead, I moved onto the remaining pages and noted emergency contact information. I returned to the occupation question and continued to contemplate what to write in the blank. However, I was distracted when my son and the counselor discussed his foreign language options.
Pausing, I lifted the pen toward them and said, “You’ve had two years of Spanish. Didn’t you say you wanted to learn German?”
My son was excited to learn a new language. He thought since he had two years of Spanish, he would be stuck taking Spanish III. I too have a new language to learn. I must learn to listen to the truth of who GOD says I am.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10, NIV)
Identity Theft: Repossess with the Truth
Listening for the voice of God is like learning a foreign language. I must listen, read, and practice reciting the words aloud. I need to be so familiar with His words that they are automatic and roll off my tongue with the correct inflection and accent.
The identity thief lurks in the shadows of our lives, but we can take back what he has stolen from us. Just as my son learned Spanish and can recite words and phrases by rote, we can repeat the truth of who we are in Christ.
In Christ we are:
- A child of God
- An Overcomer
- Seated in Heavenly places with God
- Delivered from sin and darkness
- A valiant warrior
- Given grace upon grace
- Son and Daughters of the King
While the Enemy temporally stole my identity, I took it back by reminding myself of who I am in Christ. Deborah Haddix wrote an article, Who I am? My Identity in Christ, with an A to Z reminder of who we are in Christ. I encourage you to click the above link. Read her list and speak it to yourself.
Take back your identity.
Here are a few of my favorite some musical motivations. Enjoy!
- Waging War by Ce Ce Winans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPKvKwIZUCM
- I Can Handle It by Steven Furtick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8kgbpR1fSc&index=2&list=PLISBCxixVWjGyzR0ArWyPV6n5xecHr8CJ&t=0s
- Overcomer by Mandisa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8VoUYtx0kw
- Move by TobyMac https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX1G71WK-FA
- I Will Fight by Steven Furtick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyzG7F-CS7U&index=3&list=PLISBCxixVWjGyzR0ArWyPV6n5xecHr8CJ&t=0s
~April Dawn White
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