Who Are You?
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
Psalm 8:3-5 (NIV)
The caterpillar’s most memorable line in Alice in Wonderland is, “Who are you?” Alice struggled with her answer. She said her name is Alice, but the caterpillar wasn’t satisfied with that answer and then told her to recite. While that may seem disjointed and a bunch of nonsense, I think the point Lewis Carroll was making was that if we only identify with our label, then our contribution in life is to recite what’s already been done. None of us is created to be a redundancy.
So, who are you? Really. Take away the name you were given at birth. Take away your job title and job description and position in your family. What is left? Who is that?
What is the sum total of your creative contribution to this world? What will you do today that you’ve never done before? How can you live today beyond the label of your name and beyond all the other labels? Can you make an imprint in the world today of your uniqueness beyond reciting what you did yesterday?
Lewis Carroll wrote, “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”