You know what will rock your identity?
Moving from one community of people to another in a quick time, especially when the community of people are both your church family and your co-workers on both ends.
This same thing happened, a little differently, when I left SoCal and moved back to the Northwest. It’s not that I changed or anything, but it was like I was handed a blank canvas with the same paint and given the opportunity to paint something new. Get that? Same paint. The same foundation was there, but I got to make it look different if I wanted.
Two months ago I quietly left the church I was raised in. That denomination has a really strong identity – its own language and yearly events, global community, consistent program names, matching outfits – and then just like that, I stepped away. I moved towards a new group of people who already know and love Justen and started to squirm my way in.
A new canvas for my paint, if you will.
I keep thinking of this thought from the brilliant A. W. Tozer.
Rules for Self Discovery:
What we want most
What we think about most
How we use our money
What we do with our leisure time
The company we enjoy
Who and what we admire
What we laugh at
Have any of you ever “started over” in a new community? Has it given you an identity crisis at all or is it just me? ;D