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Who Am I?

January 18, 2022
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“What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet” (Psalm 8:4-6, ESV).

Last night I went to bed stressed over a basketball loss by my favorite college team. The same night I received an accidental call from a young patient dying from brain cancer, sat with my wife discussing our upcoming mission trip to Albania, stood frustrated by a daughter who was not answering my phone call, typed a text to a friend who would soon be released from federal parole and read the seventh chapter of Mark that spoke of evil thoughts within us, recognizing myself. I realized that all of these experiences point to profound centers of my personhood. Each is deep and valuable. Each can honor or disparage my Lord. Who the heck am I?

A new year is upon us. Who will I be when I walk through it?

It’s somewhat complicated to sort out who I really am, and it’s probably important that I gain some glimpse of my identity so that I might live it out authentically. Perhaps the Bible has me figured out.

So, who am I?                                                                                  

  1. Child of God: Psalm 82:6
  2. Created in the image of God: Genesis 1:26
  3. Born a sinner: Romans 3:23
  4. Saved by grace: Ephesians 2:8-9
  5. Righteous but pestered by sin: Romans 7:15
  6. Created with purpose: Ephesians 2:10
  7. Dead: Colossians 3:3
  8. Alive forever: Colossians 3:4
  9. Safe: John 6:39
  10. Disciple: Luke 9:23
  11. Voluntary slave: 1 Corinthians 7:22
  12. Ambassador for Christ: 2 Corinthians 5:20
  13. Evangelist: Matthew 28:19-20
  14. Friend of Christ: John 15:15
  15. One with whom God walks: Leviticus 26:12
  16. Husband: Ephesians 5:25
  17. Father: Ephesians 6:4
  18. Physician: Mark 5:26
  19. Church leader: 1 Timothy 4:16

If this is who I am, how then shall I live so that all these centers of personhood mold together into one identifiable follower of Christ?

Dear God,
Hold together all the parts of me, so that I might honor you.
Amen

Al Weir, MD

Al Weir, MD

After leaving academic medicine, Dr. Weir served in private practice at the West Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee from 1991-2005 before joining the CMDA staff as Vice President of Campus & Community Ministries where he served for three years from 2005-2008. He is presently Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Program Director for the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. He is also President of Albanian Health Fund, an educational ministry to Albania where he has been serving for 20 years. He is the author of two books: When Your Doctor Has Bad News and Practice by the Book. Dr. Weir’s work has also been published in many medical journals and other publications. Al and his wife Becky live in Memphis, Tennessee, and they have three children and three grandchildren. Dr. Weir is currently serving on CMDA's Board of Trustees.

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