I am headed to Las Vegas for a long weekend with my beautiful wife next week. She has a conference to attend and was able to twist my arm enough to make me tag along. To be honest, it didn’t take much ‘twisting’. I actually enjoy traveling and I like Las Vegas. As I look forward to the trip I have been reminded of some thoughts I had after my first trip to Vegas a couple of years ago.
On that first visit to Vegas, as I ‘people-watched’ along the strip it seemed as though many of the people were sporting their ‘Vegas Self’. What I mean is that they seemed to be promoting an image of themselves that they felt was appropriate for Las Vegas. As I watched I found it hard to imagine that these people dress/act/walk that way when they go out for the evening wherever they call home. After giving it some further thought, I wonder if it is possible that their ‘Vegas Self’ is actually their true self and their ‘home’ self is the identity they are hiding behind. Or perhaps their true self is some combination of the two. Do we all tend to display the ‘self’ that we want others to see? If so, then how well do we really know anyone? Is my identity dependent on the setting I am currently inhabiting? Isn’t it wonderful that as followers of Jesus Christ we don’t have to seek out and ‘try on’ different identities until we find one that we think is right. As a follower of His we are children of the King. We have an identity that is above any we could experiment with while here on Earth. We often lose sight of this identity and make a mess of our lives while we try to ‘find ourselves’. Perhaps we need to take to heart the words of Paul in his letter to the Galatians:
“My old self has been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
What does it say about our character if we put on a ‘Vegas Self‘ or whatever the appropriate ‘Self‘ is for the moment we are experiencing? Praise God that, as followers of Christ, we find our identity in His Son. We serve an unchanging consistent God, and he calls us to be consistent as well.
“Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow.
Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.”
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