By Kelsey Klepper
I first watched, the Disney movie, Moana last January with my eighteen-month-old, who then became obsessed and refused to watch anything else for two months. The movie is fantastic by the way – five stars from me, but I’m not writing a review on the movie. This really has nothing to do with Moana and everything to do with a short song from the movie where I heard God whispering some beautiful truth to me. When you take the song out of context from the movie, you may just feel like God is whispering some super important words to you too.
So either read this below or google ‘Know Who You Are Moana’ and listen to it, if that’s your jam, or do both.
I have crossed the horizon to find you.
I know your name.
They (the world) have stolen the heart from inside you.
But this does not define you.
This is not who you are.
You know who you are.
Friend, it’s difficult stepping into a new role or a new season of life. It can feel confusing, like your identity has been shaken. I’ve found my new(ish) title as mom an extremely difficult one, as I’ve transitioned from the title of working wife to stay at home mama. With that identity, new emotions have surfaced or become more prominent with anxiety being a top contender. I knew who I was. But suddenly the title ‘mom’ got thrown onto the end of my name and now I’m unsure. Is this who I am? – tired, anxious, constantly picking up, praying for patience, head in hands breathing so I can survive another toddler tantrum, crying from the overwhelm, mama? Can anyone else relate to this feeling of taking on a new role and feeling like your identity was lost somewhere along the way?
When it comes down to it, do any of those titles I hold really matter if I know where my true identity lies? I do play the role as mama and maybe it comes with a lot more emotional stress and growth than originally anticipated, but those are just extensions of who I am, not who I truly am. I think it’s important to remember that. We have a lot of roles as humans, but only one true identity to find freedom.
God knows us and wants us. The world can make us feel lost and confused, but this doesn’t have to define my identity. It’s not who I am. I know who I am in Christ. I am loved. I am treasured. I am a daughter of Christ. My identity lies with Jesus first.
This song lets my soul rest for a minute. It brings me back to think about who I truly am, not just the daily roles I juggle. Maybe it can do that for you too.