The Lion King: The Power of Identity

The Lion King is one of my favorite movies of all time. I always found its themes of identity, shame, and destiny to be powerfully moving as a kid, and I find them no less so now that I am an adult.

Love this clip from the movie:

As Rafiki says, The question is: Who are you?

When you know that, a lot of other things fall into place.

I’ve known since I was a kid that the blood of Jesus made me clean and pure, but it took me a lot longer to realize how much power it gave me.

I have the power to shine light into darkness, to tear down strongholds of evil, to speak clarity into confusion, and to love those who hurt me. Streams of living water flow from within me. And because He is my source, those streams will never run dry.

Those are game-changing discoveries. But you can’t stop there.

Discovering who you are is not a one-time deal.

Your identity is something you must actively walk in. It is very possible to forget.

Sometimes we do things we are ashamed of or discover ugliness inside ourselves we were previously blind to. Satan, like Scar, will tell you to run away. Timon’s and Pumba’s will try to convince you to “just not worry about it.” You may tell yourself that God has now abandoned you and it is all your fault.

But then there are the Rafiki’s who come along and say, “I know who you are!  You’re Mufasa’s boy!”

I am so thankful to be part of a church where people regularly invite me to the reflection pool and say, Look harder. And suddenly I see my Father’s likeness in my face.

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Elizabeth holds to simple faith in a complex world. She values the beauty of the everyday and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is currently pursuing her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary, so when she isn't busy writing academic papers, she is usually out enjoying the LA sunshine. She is constantly learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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