I know I’m not alone when I say I can’t stand the negative voices in my head. The ones that say you’re not good enough, or smart enough, or worthy of anything. I’m getting better at turning those voices down and not listening to the lies as I grow in my walk with Christ. Matthew West’s song, “Hello My Name is…” really speaks to me.

Now that song has become a book! Hello My Name Is…Discover your true identity. So many people shared their stories with Matthew West that he had to write a book and share these encouraging stories with you.  We’re going through it together on the KTIS Morning Show at 7:40 and 9:40 for the next couple weeks. We’d love to hear your story too! We’ll be sharing Matthew’s insights here, so visit often!

The world seems to go out of its way to make you believe you are not good enough. Maybe you aren’t sure you like where you’ve been, or who you’ve become. Maybe someone has made you believe a lie about who you are by speaking damaging words to you. The discovery of our true identities does not begin by looking within ourselves, but by looking to the One who made us. It is time to tear off the false name tags that cover up your true identity. Understanding who you are begins with knowing Whose you are, so you can embrace your destiny as a child of the one true King.

Find encouragement through what Matthew West has been sharing on the Morning Show.

Monday, July 31:

A few years ago my song came out “Hello My Name Is” which was basically a three minute reminder that we’re not who the world says we are, we’re not who our past says about us, we’re not what the enemy says about us, we are who God says we are. We are a child of the one true King, deeply loved by God – right? And so I saw the way that message resonated with so many people and it made me think that this is a deeper message that I could dive deeper into, because while all of our lives are different, we are on the same search to find our identity, to figure out how we fit into the world, who we are. And that’s why I wanted to unpack this book – there are lots of stories in this book, both the stories of other people’s lives, as well my own personal story that I dug pretty deep into.

Tuesday, August 1:

A few years ago my song came out “Hello My Name Is” which was basically a three minute reminder that we’re not who the world says we are, we’re not who our past says about us, we’re not what the enemy says about us, we are who God says we are. We are a child of the one true king, deeply loved by God – right? And so I saw the way that message resonated with so many people and it made me think that this is a deeper message that I could dive deeper into, because while all of our lives are different, we are on the same search to find our identity, to figure out how we fit into the world, who we are. And that’s why I wanted to unpack this book – there are lots of stories in this book, both the stories of other people’s lives, as well my own personal story that I dug pretty deep into.

Wednesday, August 2:

The story I received from a young man named Jordan powerfully illustrates our fight for identity. The very first sentence of Jordan’s letter read, “Hello, my name is Jordan and I’m a drug addict.” Jordan didn’t start out that way. He grew up as a preacher’s kid and became a gifted athlete. He received an athletic scholarship for college and became a seven time all-American in track and field.  But, during his sophomore season, Jordan suffered a severe injury. That was when he was first prescribed pain medication. Jordan said he felt like he’d lost his identity as the “big man of campus” and he began to find another identity as addiction began to take over his life.

After two failed drug tests, Jordan hit rock bottom. He was kicked out of college and stripped of his scholarship. His parents begged him to get help. He finally agreed to a yearlong Christian recovery program called Teen Challenge. Jordan began to realize that all his life he had been seeking and finding his identity in the wrong things.  They weren’t all bad things on the surface.  But that’s just it, they were on the surface. “Preacher’s kid.” “Star athlete.” It wasn’t until those were stripped away that he realized that his true identity was waiting to be discovered beneath the surface. He was tempted to try on some different name tags like, “Addict,”  “Failure,” and “Regret.”  But as Jordan was drawn into a closer relationship with Jesus, he began to discover who he really was and who he is. He realized that his true identity wasn’t found in his successes or in his failures, but in the one who made him and loved him deeply.

Jordan decided to embrace his new identity in Christ and that was the key to a miraculous transformation in his life. He went back to the same college that kicked him out and earned a master’s degree. Today, Jordan is a High School teacher and varsity basketball coach. God restored his life. The last sentence of Jordan’s story said, I no longer introduce myself as an addict. Instead, I can say, “Hello, my name is Jordan and I am a child of the One True King.”

Today, you may be finding your identity in the wrong things. It may be in your career or in your friends. Maybe you’ve allowed mistakes or a life controlling habit to become your identity.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”  I encourage you find your true identity in Jesus Christ and let your name tag read, “Child of the One True King.”

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