The opposite of an identity crisis.
Right now is a time in my life when I feel that many things define me for who am I. And I am ok with the many pieces that make Eli who he is.
Today, I updated my bio on Twitter and Instagram to read: ‘Jesus defines who i am, additionally i am: broken, husband & dad, counselor, missionary & i like motorcycles.’
I think these are all appropriate. And I could even add a few more. I am currently working at H2O Church Orlando as the family ministries director; I am on staff with GCM as a field missionary (they are the missionary organization that allows me to be at H2O); I am a grad student at Webster University finishing a Master’s in Counseling; I work as a counselor intern at Catholic Charities; I coach my boys soccer team; I lead a life group; I am a runner; and more importantly, I am a father and a husband; and most importantly, I am God’s son.
I don’t always get all these things right. I drop the ball and could do much better than I do. But, for the first time in a long time in my life I am actually maintaining my life with so many balls in the air. I am doing all of those things well enough that I am not failing. I am keeping my head out of the water. Thankfully, I have an incredible wife that God has given me that has provided the frame work for me to be able to be all of these things. The old adage, that behind every good man is a great woman, couldn’t be more true for me.
I owe everything I am to 2 people: Christ and Ronda Westfall. Without them, I would be nothing.
I am not suffering from an identity crisis, I am reveling in an identity peace. God has led me to where he wants me, where he needs me and to where I can be the most effective.