In the first chapter, called "I Am ___________?" we are shown that the major problem in the world is the fact that we have no sense of who we truly are. We have lost sight of the fact that we image bearers of God. Instead, the majority of us identify ourselves with other things. Using the acrostic IDOLS, Pastor Mark writes that we find our identity in other things, things outside of Jesus Christ. These things include:
While I personally do not struggle with finding my identity in items, I do struggle with finding my identity in my duties. I struggle with not knowing who I am if I am not a youth pastor or involved with a church. That is where I often my worth. The reality is that my worth is not in youth ministry or a position at a church. My worth comes from Jesus Christ and I will be worthy even if I am never on staff at a church again.
I will continue to share my thoughts and key ideas as I work my way through the book. If you have not picked up a copy for yourself, I would highly suggest that you do so. I would also love for you to share your thoughts with me on each chapter as well.