Madison Falk, Michelle Ankrum & Bailey Lane

I am the work of God’s hand.

I don’t even know who I am anymore, I thought as I got ready for the day. How did I get to this place? For far too long, I had been doing everything in my power to make sure everyone else was happy. To please others, I forced myself into whatever personality they wanted me to have. I lost sight of myself. The problem? I was striving to please others and not the Lord.

God created you and me: “We are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8, NRSV). God gave us talents, interests, and personality quirks that we can use to bring God glory. We don’t have to change to suit other people. God created us on purpose for a purpose. God loves each one of us. And if God loves us, why wouldn’t we love ourselves?

—Madison Falk, 24



I am who God created me to be.

Years ago I made a pact with myself. I decided I was going to write a poem each day of summer break. I did—and I never stopped! My poems have become reflections on thoughts, memories, and people; my poems have become devos. The more I write, the more clearly I see myself. I am a hard worker. I am trustworthy. I am a listener.

Before I started writing every day, I confused who I was with the person I wanted others to see; it was all an act! Through writing, I began to acknowledge my fears and to see how important my faith was to me. Writing has helped me become my best self, the person God created me to be. How can you find your best self?

—Michelle Ankrum, 20



I am a follower of Christ.

Who am I? I often ask myself this question in the hope that I can articulate some sort of answer. I have realized that the only answer I can give with confidence is that I am a follower of Christ.

Psalm 42:2 (NRSV) says, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?” I love this verse! It reminds me that nothing in this world will ever satisfy the void within us. We are always pursuing the next thing we think we want, but what we really want is God. We can stop the endless pursuit and embrace our calling to love and be loved by God.

You too might be wondering who you are, but do not worry. One thing is certain: God loves us more than we can imagine and came in the person of Christ that we might “behold the face of God.” I choose to find my identity in Christ and to love the One who loved me first. Are you willing to do the same?

—Bailey Lane, 16

—from devozine (May/June 2019). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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