Inspiration from the Carpenter – Where’s your identity ?


I felt like a celebrity on Tuesday. Every client that I did work for had the article from last Saturday’s Q Weekend Magazine on their fridge, proudly showing me that they had read it and felt honored that I was their plumber.


I felt humbled and slightly embarrassed by the attention. You see, attention, while it’s confidence boosting, doesn’t motivate me to be good at what I do. I don’t base my identity on being The Plumbette. I hold various roles in my life at present and they are all part of who I am but they don’t define who I am.


It’s important to base your identity on who God says you are. Sadly, many people don’t even identify with God, so they base their identity on what they do – eg, lawyer, barrister, sales exec, electrician, plumber etc. The problem with basing our identity in what we do, is that, if we no longer hold that position, we instantly lose our identity and feel ‘lost’. How many friends and family do we know who have gone through a ‘mid-life crisis’ because they have lost their job and they start to re-evaluate who they are?


You are so much more than your job title. When God created you, He created you into being so that He could have a relationship with you and when you enter a relationship with God, your life is never the same. It doesn’t immunize you from pain or suffering or loss. But when these things do happen, you have comfort in knowing that the awful things being experienced on Earth were never part of God’s plan and that God’s hand is always working to bring about good to your situation.


Where do I find my identity? I certainly don’t find it in being a plumber, nor a stylist, but I do base my identity in knowing that I am a child of God, destined for great things and with an inheritance that can never be taken away from me. Because my identity is based on how God see’s me, I have courage to face my fears and face any challenges that come my way. It doesn’t mean I don’t suffer from fear, but having faith gives me the courage to be bold and not be afraid of change.


1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare  the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”