Many of us are familiar with the ‘Who Am I?’ quizzes. You read past facts about some famous person and guess who they are. Let me try one on you complied by Abby Brand.
I was born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1879. I started to play the violin when I was 6 years old. I eventually became an accomplished violinist and I played this instrument throughout my life. When I was younger, (9, 10, and 11 years old) I did well only in math and Latin.
In June, 1894, my family moved to Milan, Italy but I stayed in Munich. That very year December 29, I dropped out of school. In the year of 1895, I failed the entrance exam for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. On January 6, 1903, Mileva and I were married in Bern, Switzerland.
I published four papers that changed the world of physics in 1905. In 1911, I became a full professor at Karl-Ferdinand University in Prague. In 1919, I obtained a divorce from Mileva and married my cousin Elsa Lowenthal. In the same year on November 6, a solar eclipse lets British astronomers confirm my general theory of relativity and I became world famous. In 1922, I won the Nobel Prize for my work on the quantum theory of light.In 1932, I left Germany and never came back. In August, 1932, I was appointed a professor at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton. On August 2, 1939, I wrote to President Roosevelt warning him that German scientists are working on an atomic bomb.
I was very excited in 1940. I became an American citizen. In November, 1952, I was offered the presidency of Israel but I turned it down. On April 18, 1955, I died in Princeton, New Jersey of heart failure.
I’m sure you guessed it by now. It’s Albert Einstein. He was not only a great scientist but quite a character. Just look at his pictures and quotations. This account of Einstein’s life was written after his demise. That’s why it’s accurate. Someone once said that autobiographies ought to be written after one dies. Hum!
Many folks these days are struggling with their self-identity generally by hurt, disappointment, or comparison. They have no idea of who they are or why they are. They are searching for significance. They spend money, time and emotional currency looking for a transformational experience, product or identity that will catapult them into who and what they would rather be. They want to live someone else’s life. They are playing ‘Who Am I?’ with themselves. That sounds frustrating to me.
Let’s play another game of ‘Who Am I?’ that has solved the dilemma of identity for many, many, many people though the years. Here goes:
I was searching but I am now found. Then I was born not once, but twice. I was given a family. I was blessed with every spiritual blessing. I discovered I was created and chosen before the foundation of the world. I was not an accident and blameless in my Father’s eyes. I was created and adopted by The Father secure in His identity. His name is ‘I Am Who I Am.’
I have been redeemed, forgiven, cleansed and am being transformed. I have an inheritance and a secure future with a big mansion. I’ve accepted who I am because I was created by I Am. The search for significance is through. The Father of purpose created me for a purpose. I am His workmanship and He ‘don’t make no junk.’ I am who He says I am. I have what He says I have. I can do what He says I can do. I am loved. I am accepted. I know who I am because I know ‘Whose’ I am.
Who am I? Who I am! I am a Christian. And I don’t have to be anyone else anymore. And the best this world can get is me, being me, with God all over me.
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