Discovering My Identity In DTS Shaped My Calling

Identity. Identity is one of those things that has always been both intriguing and incredibly confusing. Together with the idea of calling, identity often seems elusive and impossible to track down. Impossible to define.

At least that was what I thought.

Going into my Discipleship Training School, I was pretty sure that ministry was for me. I was pretty sure that I enjoyed working with young people. And, I was confident that reaching the nations was something I should be a part of. All the activity was easy for me to find a place in, to find a specialization of passion.

It was the questions that came next that were without answers. The much more personal and core questions. With who? Why? How?  It was answers to these small but dense questions that I was most eager to find during my Discipleship Training School.

Who I am is not an afterthought; within me there is an original design and intentional purpose.

Each week there were moments in which I was convinced the speaker was teaching just for me. Imparting knowledge he had somehow managed to plan to touch only my heart. Of course, I am sure every student sitting in that room with me felt the same way. The Holy Spirit was teaching. He was so gently and swiftly leading us to change. To understanding.

With revelation about ‘Who I am’ piling up, I realized God was deeply informing and strengthening my identity. The declaration, “I am a child of the most high God” grew within me. Who I am is not an afterthought; within me there is an original design and intentional purpose. As my identity solidified, my calling had room to unfold. A calling made clear at the convergence of my design, personality, strengths, passions and discovering God’s hope for the world.

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