of all the factors that make up my self concept, i would have to say that my vocational, relational, and religious identities have have had the strongest pull. vocational in the sense of what i am made for, how my body chemistry and it’s natural “passion meets the world’s greatest need;” relational, in the sense that i am a daughter, a sister, a wife and a friend; religious, in the sense that i hold various texts sacred and am called to worship and wonder at the divine.
i believe other factors too, play a part, but for me, these seem to weigh on my being the most, and integrating the three are the root of my greatest challenge. for the biggest question i have come to grapple with, is not if, but when my entire worldview is challenged, how will I be resilient? How will I stay true to my identity and in what ways, will I allow myself to change, all the while keeping with who my maker intended me to be.