The True You Knows What Leads to Happiness

unless-we-base-our-sense-of-identity-uponThe true you knows what leads to happiness. In the book of Jeremiah, the prophet is told that God knew him before he was ever formed in his mother’s womb and had consecrated him as a prophet. Even though I said that identity is not inherent, I don’t think this proclamation is contradictory. To be known by the Eternal is not the same as being known temporally. To be known by God is to be known truly. And to be known as you truly are is inexpressible joy. My prayer for my identity journey has always been to know myself as I am known by God. But whether one believes in God or not, Brenda Shoshanna’s statement rings true. Another thing I like about what she says is the term “sense of identity”. To a large degree, one’s identity could function as a sense just like vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touching–none of which are static though they come in contact with and are experienced through apparent static phenomena. All senses are essentially journey oriented. As it says in Ecclesiastes, “the eye is never satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.” Likewise, the sense of identity is never filled with being. That is the truth of it and to know this is to know that with it, you can sense what leads to happiness.

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