For most of my life as a child, teen and adult my identity has been wrapped up in who I was related to and/or what I did. That wasn't always a bad thing.
For example, I was Ches and Jean Fisher's son and I was always proud of that fact. I still am although dad has gone "home". Mom was the one and still is who pointed me to Jesus!
In recent years I've become someone else through somone's prowess as a hockey player.. Mike Fisher's uncle and through marriage, Carrie Underwood's uncle. That's a pretty noteworthy association too!
For 29 seasons I was known as "the chaplain to the Toronto Blue Jays". Those were great years. In additon to my duties as "spiritual caretaker" of the Jays I was asked to speak on literally hundreds of occasions over those years. Sunday church services, youth groups, father and son banquets, men's breakfasts, 100 Huntley Street guest TV appearances, service clubs, Sunday Schools, Christian Women's Club guest nights. They all were anxious to book a "celebrity by association". My itinerary was a mile long...well, not quite.
Then everything changed! I resigned from Baseball Chapel at the end of the 2005 season. A decision made after much prayer. My chaplaincy days with the Blue Jays were over. The phone stopped ringing. The invitations dried up. Suddenly I was a nobody.
Why? My identity was wrapped up in what I did, not who I was.
So who am I?
Well, that list is a mile long just like my itinerary was. Perhaps the graphic below best illustrates who I am. I am all these things in Christ Jesus. It's not what I do or what I've done! It's what He has done.
Thank you God for giving me true identity in Your Son!