One of my favorite songs is the hymn “Blessed Assurance.”

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine

O what a foretaste of glory divine

Heir of salvation, purchase of God

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood


Perfect submission, all is at rest

I in my Savior am happy and blessed

Watching and waiting, looking above

Filled with His goodness, lost in His love


This is my story, this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long

This is my story, this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long



We all journey through life on different paths. We have different plans, different purposes, and different passions. God designed us all in a unique way. Not a single one of us is exactly like another. We all obtain different “stories” from circumstances and situations we face during our life. I like to look at life like a blank book. Each occurrence or significant moment in our life is sketched onto an empty page. We define ourselves by these sketches in the book; whether good or bad. Our achievements, our proudest moments, our happiest times; these all make up some pages in our book. However, trials, suffering, sin, addiction, past mistakes, guilt; these have the potential to fill even more pages in our book.


Every single person on this planet goes through situations that mold us. These situations either mold us negatively or positively. We begin to define ourselves based on these stories and sketches in our book. This becomes our identity. We begin to believe that we only represent and exemplify what we’ve gone through and how it’s affected us. But often times we forget whose we are. We must have knowledge of God to have knowledge of ourselves. We do Christ an extreme disservice by only characterizing ourselves based on our earthly stories and the circumstances we’ve been through. We look at the little book we’ve made during our time on earth and the sketches we’ve placed within it, but we never glance up and survey the wonder of the cross where Christ defined us as radically loved.


I used to sing the lyric "This is my story, this is my song" and think it was about my journey through life. I would focus on my testimony and my personal story and how it has defined me. The next lyrics are "Praising my savior all the day long.” My story is Christ. Your story is Christ. My story and my identity is found in surrendering my life to Him. My story is not my circumstances or how they affect me. My purpose and my worth is found in Christ alone.