The “what” seems to be the role that we hold in life: father, mother, son, daughter, grandparent, doctor, Marine, teacher, administrator, communicator, tinker, tailor, soldier, spy, etc. These are the definitions placed on us by society and our place in the world.
The “who” speaks more to our essence and better describes our character: helper, friend, generous, patient, kind, loving. These are the identifications that we find again and again in Scripture.
With this prayer from the Jesuits, I pray we will each seek to live up to be what and who God has called us to be:
Lord, you created me and put me on this earth for a purpose.
Jesus Christ, you died for me and called me to continue the work you have begun.
Holy Spirit, you are with me and encourage and help me to do the work for which I was created and called.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I begin my day,
May my thoughts and inspirations have their origin in You and be directed to your glory.
Our prayer is to be both WHO and WHAT we are as Christians; as followers of Christ and as reflections of the love that God has for each of us, so that we can truly be what God has called us to be.