Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Who Are You?

Who are you? Do you think about it? How would you answer that question? No, not what is your job. No, not what kind of education do you have. No, not whose (mother/father/sister/brother/daughter/son/girlfriend/boyfriend) you are. No, not what you look like. No, not what your hobbies are. Getting any answers yet? Let's go further.... No, not what political party/sorority/fraternity/club you belong to. No, not what you wear. No, not which socio-economic class you fall into, nor which one you aspire to. No, not where you went on vacation or are planning on going. Not what car you drive. Not tall, short, fat, thin, "athletic" or a klutz. Are you getting any closer to an answer?

It's funny. I answered that question using all of those categories at one time or another. God has a way of stripping all that away, though. He wants to know WHO you YOU ARE. What if you lost your career, your family, your vacations, your car.....who would YOU be. I hope that you know that you would still be someone whom God is "especially fond" of. May you find the blessing of seeing beyond the "stuff" to see the "person" God created you to be.

Love, Claudia


Jedi Master Daryl said...

Hmmm... "especially fond." That makes me think you read The Shack recently. Yeah, I was thinking, "what more than these is there," at the end of your first paragraph. Silly me. I know that God knows us more intimately than a PET or an MRI!

Claudia Burrows said...

Read and loved "The Shack" and I've had 2 years without my beloved career to sort through who I really am. I still grieve the loss, as well as the loss of several other things that most people take for granted. It hasn't been an easy path but it has been RICH. I hope somewhere along the line I help someone realize what is REALLY important in life... if I do that, I've accomplished something! And, having read your post on Voodoo Medic Man's blog, I can tell that you are someone who has a sense that God loves all of us...even the (what was it he said?) "drunk plumber's assistant with the BAC of...with only a chipped tooth from the dashboard..." Blessings, Claudia

Jedi Master Daryl said...

I haven't read any of your blog...

Why did you have to stop working, if I may ask?

My history includes pain, too. In a nutshell, it is this:

-went through college, got useless degree in journalism

-worked as a locksmith for three years, loathing the job and people

-got cancer

-went through the hell of oncology at MD Anderson

-made them stop abusing me AMA

-now I am going to be a caring nurse to sick people, whether "only" as a CNA or LPN, or as an RN, I haven't yet decided, but I WILL NOT work in oncology

Claudia Burrows said...

I am no longer working because I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in 2005. I am blessed to have a very slow progression, as the "average life expectancy" for a person with ALS is 2-5 years from diagnosis.

Best wishes on becoming a competent, caring nurse!

Jedi Master Daryl said...

Oh, I am sorry! Do you have a good support group? I was able to find an online support group for adult bone cancer survivors. I bet there are lots of ALS groups! :-)