Identity and self worth – who are you? Let’s reconsider the questions we ask people.

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A comment left after my last post (thanks Laura Drodge) made me decide to dust off an old post from 2012 and update it. That post was entitled: “Identity and Self Worth – Who are You?”

One time in a seminary class, the Professor had us go around the room and introduce ourselves. However, he did not want us to share what we do (our employment or ministry), but rather to share who we are! Who are you?

It is easy for our identity to get wrapped up in what we do – particularly employment or parenthood. These things can become idols in our life. What about when the kids are grown up? Or when you retire?

Some individuals do not have children. Some are not employed. Are they non-persons? And what about certain disabled people whose limitations may hinder employment or child-bearing? Do they lack worth?


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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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