I Am Who I Am


If you know me at all or have even spent a little bit of time with me, you know that I am passionate about people learning who they truly are and living it out within their families, communities, and organizations.


Early in my journey I discovered that we all "bite off" on one of three lies about our identity: I am what I do. I am what others say or think about me. Or, I am what I have, be that possessions or people.


On a recent slow, rainy Sunday morning the following poem bubbled out of me and I'm sharing it as a simple reminder that that there is a greater truth, just below the surface of each of us longing to come out and declare, "I Am Who I Am."


I Am Who I Am


I Am Who I Am

I am not what I have done

or have failed to do.

For that would make me the sum of all my actions

and lead me to being defined based on my works.

No, I am not what I have done.


I Am Who I Am

I am not what you think or say about me,

for that would make me the sum of all your thoughts and words

and lead to being defined by your yardstick.

No, I am not what you think or believe about me.


I Am Who I Am

I am not what I have,

be that friends or possessions.

For that would simply make me the sum of what I possess.

No, I am not what I have.


I Am Who I Am

I am a new creation,

constantly being,

becoming,

evolving and growing.

I am a daughter and a son,

formed and created in Love, for love,

and always the beloved one.

I am an heir,

learning how to steward what has been given to me.

I am an abassador,

sharing the good news,

"You are who you are!"


by Lisa Dolese McClanahan



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