A lot of people struggle with their identity – a post by my daughter

This was written by my 16 year old daughter and she mailed it to me to check if the spelling and stuff is “okay”. I did not request her to write it nor did I alter or change anything (but  I am posting this with her permission). She just felt like writing her thoughts down – now that sounds like a future blogger! And as she wrote it in English  (after a bit of debate with myself) I decided to also comment in English.

I do not know if  I was able to write like this at her age, but what I do know is that I did not have the spiritual insight she has at this age. I was too busy struggling with my identity… At the time I was actually trying to be religious without realizing that religion in an attempt to get to know God is futile. Enough said, with pride I introduce to you the scribbles of a guest blogger, my daughter: Irisna Joubert!

Irisna
A photo I used for the weekly photo challenge “Fun”‘ and a recent selfie by the author

Who am I?
Why am I on earth?
What is my life’s purpose?
Where do I fit in the picture?

I will never understand completely who I am, because I’m only human and I make mistakes and I don’t know everything. But, I do know, that with Christ, my identity is complete. Who I am, doesn’t make such a big difference when I know who God is. God helps me to find out who I am, but in life, it is so much more important to know the roots of our God, than to know exactly where I fit in the picture of this big world. Before you can understand yourself, you have to discover who God is.

We, as humans, will never completely understand God, for He is more phenomenal and complex and incredible and wonderful than our tiny brains will ever be able to imagine. So to find who you truly are and what your identity is, first find God and His kingdom and His ways. From there, God will help you to understand yourself. Because once you discover Christ’s love for you, your life will change expeditiously. You will then begin to understand your purpose and identity in Christ. For He is our Lord and Saviour

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33

She meant the next part as an inspiration to her peer group but it actually compliments what she wrote above.

Never underestimate your worth. Girl, you are a princess, because the Son of our everlasting King died for you on a cross. He saved your life. There was a high price being paid for you to have everlasting life. And you will spend that life with someone who gave up theirs so that you can live forever. Is there any greater love than Christ who gave up everything to see you in heaven? With respect, isn’t that the perfect love story?

  • As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. – John 15:9
  • Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13

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Earlier this year I posted  an article by my other (younger) daughter Elrike which she wrote for her school newspaper Hebron red meer as net mense

To read how a gift by Elrike made me emotional go to Priceless flowers in a Glacier  (my only other English only post – other than the WordPress Weekly photo challenges). I do have another post of which the second half is in English TRANQUILITY CRACKS – A PRAYER FOR CAPE TOWN

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20 thoughts on “A lot of people struggle with their identity – a post by my daughter

  1. Your daughter has great potential in writing and yes, she has beautiful thoughts. Sometimes i found myself in her post, sometimes I was wonder how deeply she went into her mind to make this story.

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    1. Baie dankie. Ek dink nie ons moet ‘n demper op geloofsentoesiasme plaas nie. My dogter is ‘n inspirasie vir my maar ek glo dat dit ook wederkerig is. Te midde van ons foute en lewenservarings wat tot sinisme kan lei, is daar ‘n God van genade.

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  2. Ooooo ek geniet die tieners se werk so baie. Baie dinge het verkeerd geloop met die onderwysstelsel sederd 2000, maar die feit dat kinders die geleentheid kry om hulle menings te gee en die vrymoedigheid om dit uit te spreek is wonderlik. Dit gaan op die einde die behoud van ons land ook wees.

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    1. Die vrymoedigheid is dikwels negatief maar die vrymoedigheid kan ook positief wees. Wat die land inderdaad nodig het is jongmense van alle rasse met die vrymoedigheid om ‘n positiewe verskil te maak. Ek glo Irisna is so ‘n jongmens, maar die belangrikste is dat sy ontdek het en beleef dat Christus lief is vir haar.

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  3. Goed geskryf en ek het waardering vir wat sy sê (hoewel ek nie deel in die Christelike geloofsoortuiging nie). Dis egter waar dat ‘n mens jouself nooit sal verstaan totdat jy besef dat daar ‘n rede agter jou bestaan is nie. Vandag se jongmense het soveel meer selfvertroue en sekerheid omtrent die wie? wat? en waarheen? as wat ons geslag s’n gehad het. Dit is gedeeltelik te wyte aan opvoedingsmetodes wat vryheid van denke aanmoedig.

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    1. Hi Hester dankie dat jy kommentaar lewer en vir jou vrymoedigheid oor jou Christelike geloofsoortuiging. Soos jy seker agtergekom het via my posts het ek wel ‘n Christelike geloofsoortuiging (alhoewel ek nie noodwending mense se persepsies onderskryf oor wat dit beteken nie). Ek dink ook nie vir een oomblik anders oor jou nie. My dogter sal die positiewe terugvoer oor haar skryfwerk waardeer.

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  4. Wonderlike insig wat ek glo nie eers baie grootmense het nie. Glo sy sal as ‘n kragtike instrument in God se koningkryk gebruik word. Dit maak my hart bly as ek sien hoe die jongmense van vandag die Here met soveel vrymoedigheid dien.

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    1. Sy het inderdaad insig in Christus en sy evangelie en is ook in leierskapposisies in jeuggroepe, maar sy het ook genoeg insig om te weet dat Jesus vir haar gesterf het en nie vir die getuie wat sy eendag vir Hom kan wees nie. Dankie vir die positiewe woorde

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