I have sat on a bench many times since my arrival in Kandern, awaiting the bus that will take me to
Loerrach where my language school is and on this bench a question is written. At first glance this question seems pretty simple, innocent even, but within it can lie a very self-examination. Someone scrawled (In English) “Who are you today?,” probably not thinking too much about how it would make people really look at themselves.
Within the last few weeks this question kept coming up in different areas of my life. I heard a song that I had listened to many times before, but had only just heard the lyrics and it said “Who are you today?” Then I was reading “The Rest of God” by Mark Buchanan and sure enough within the first paragraph of a chapter it said, “Who are you?”
If you think about it this question might never be answered. As Mark Buchanan suggests when he says, “We keep asking, though we never get a full or fully satisfying answer this side of heaven.” He goes on to talk about how who we have been, who are are today and who will will be all goes into the idea of who we are. We obviously cannot know the answer to this, since we don’t know what the future will hold.
If everyday, every hour, every minute, we ask who we are going to be today or right now, maybe that destiny becomes things we are proud of and even better things God wants it to include. Mark Buchanan puts it much better than myself when he says:
Who will you be? This is as crucial to your full identity as who you have been or have become. The future shapes you as much as the past or the present, maybe more. Destiny, every bit as much as history, determines identity.
We can dwell on those things we regret or we can concentrate on living every moment for Him. Our past has no hold on us, but our future is limitless and matters more than what is in the past.
I leave you with the same question that prompted this blog: