No Identity Crisis…

No Identity Crisis…

Most every country boasts it’s favorite past time and it’s own sport identity.  I was born and raised in Italy and moved to Canada at the age of 20.  In Italy we played soccer (or football as the Brits would say). Having grown up there, I can safely say soccer is nearly religion.  Americans have the best players in the world when it comes to football or basketball, whereby Canadians are the best at hockey – just ask the rest of the world as the Canadian men and women brought Olympics gold medals home and the bragging rights as #1 in the world.

So, I was born in Italy, am officially a Canadian citizen and live in the US. That makes my status somewhat confusing and most likely the reason I get asked “where is that accent from?” Answer: “My brain hasn’t decided yet.” 😀

I am proud and thankful to be Italian as I am to be a Canadian living in the USA.  But when it comes to the World Cup in soccer I will always cheer for Italy. As for hockey, Canada is where my heart is with fond memories of “Hockey Night in Canada” with Don Cherry, still watched on Saturday nights country wide.

My true identity however, is not in my country of origin or citizenship.  I am a child of God and that is who I am.  I am proud and unashamed of this reality in my life.  I am not perfect, au contraire, I struggle in areas of my life just like the man next door and even the Apostle Paul.  He said in Philippians 3:12-14 (MSG):

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

I am in good company and so are you.  Despite my struggles however, I’ve got my eye on the goal and I am doing my best to pursue it with the help of God.

Who am I?
I am a beloved son for whom Christ died.
I am redeemed, one for whom Christ gave His live so I may have life in return.
I am precious, fearfully and wonderfully made by God my creator.
I am forgiven, justified, sanctified and a new creation.
I am strong with God’s strength, an heir of his blessings and of eternal life.
I am blessed. I am above and not beneath, I am the head and not the tail.
I am more than a conqueror through Christ who gives me strength.

Although I have lived in three countries and my accent is unique, there is no identity crisis when it comes to my Christian status.  I know who I am in God and I am confident in what God thinks of me. If you struggle in this area, know that God is able to instill that same sense of identity in you.  You too are precious, and He gave His life for you, so that your identity may be solidified on the foundation of His greatness and power.

Davide

Davide Colletta

Davide Colletta

Davide was born and raised in Taranto, Italy. He has a background in pastoral and worship ministry and presently works at IBM.

Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.
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