Who Are We?

Who are we?

How are we known to others?

I will deal with the second question first.  Others know us by our words and our deeds, what we say and what we do.  Other people can only process that information that is available to them.  This means that they will definitely have an incomplete picture, because no one knows everything that we do and say.  The more that they have observed us, the more complete a picture they will have of us.  The problem is, that it is very incomplete; and we may only be willing to allow certain people to see us in certain ways, giving an intentionally distorted presentation.  To different people, we may appear as different people.

So who are we?  We are the sum total of all that we say and do: and experience and think.   

The things that we have experienced form us to a large degree.  No one else has identical experiences.  We are unique in our perceptions of life from an experiential point of view.  These experiences have a profound impact in our identity as individuals.

Our thoughts are uniquely our own, and are private.  No human being knows what we are thinking.  They may be able to read our body language, they may observe what we say and do to some extent, but they can only guess what we are thinking.  Our thoughts reflect on our experiences and, hopefully, influence our words and deeds. 

We are the sum total of what we say and do; experience and think.  We are known by others only in part; except of course, for God, who knows ALL … and still loves us and is willing to forgive us if we turn to Him with faith in His son Jesus, who loved us enough to die for us.

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