Haiku Poem: Identity Found

The job of a man

becomes his identity

until he finds God.

When you meet someone for the first time, one of the questions that inevitably comes up is: “So, what do you do for a living?” In today’s culture, occupation is equated with one’s identity. Most of us are judged by what we do—rather than who we are. Status seems to be more important than the content of one’s character.

Nevertheless, having a career is a noble desire. In fact, the apostle Paul states in 1 Timothy 5:8 that if anyone does not provide for their own household, they have denied the faith and our worse than an unbeliever. This means that having a job to support your family is a necessary part of the Christian life—but our identity is still not determined by what we do.

To be truly happy, one must find their identity in God. For all of us are created in His image and likeness. The only way for humans to completely understand who they are and what their purpose in life is comes down to having a relationship with God.

This is the reason I wrote this haiku: To remind others—and especially myself—that my identity is not found in a job or career but in my risen Savior who loves me for who I am. Blessings to you!

Haiku by Chad A. Damitz

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