|What a snug fit|
|The Stubble Look|
I won't go into detail about how this all happened, but it did make me think about our identities. There is a very real danger that while I am on Sabbatical I will feel bereft and rejected because my role as an active Presbyter has disappeared, at least for a while. Now I don't feel like that, and I don't think I will feel like it, but I can imagine that is a danger because so often we define ourselves by our roles or our jobs, or our responsibilities. That is not really a definition of who I am though. I am Christopher Philip Briggs, created in the image of the Triune God and an apprentice of Christ. That is more to do with my identity than any role which is attributed to me. That is not to say roles, responsibilities and jobs are not important. But that does not make me the person I am. I am a child of God, a precious child of God - and so are you for that matter. The problem when we define ourselves by roles, responsibilities and jobs is that when those are taken away from us we almost do not know who we are and life can seem very barren. Years ago I worked in the Superannuation Department of what was then the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. It was a sad fact that too many people seemed to die not so very long after retiring. The job was the reason for their existence (subconsciously rather than consciously) and it had been taken away. They had mistaken their identity, just as many who are living today mistake their identity. Just as I have been mistaken for various different people this year. Indeed some people try to cover themselves up with various masks so they look like someone else (perhaps we all do that sometimes).
Back to the Bass Guitar and the case. What a fit! It's good when we find who we are and where we fit. And as I ponder today I think I want to say that who I am is a person loved by God, created in his image, and where I fit is in his loving embrace. Wow it is snug!