Your identity has great value not only to you, but also to the thief who wants your name and credit card to run up a stack of bills. This seems to be happening more and more all the time. You might not think nothing of it until it hits close to home. Which just recently, it hit my account. Only a little over $50 was taken from three different sources but I am glad I check my bank account online quite frequently and caught it before more damage was done. It was a hassle to call the companies and try to get them to refund, in which two companies did. So, in the long run I lost $6 and had to close out my account and open another one. The name of my thief was Waltraud Matelic, probably a made up name and from who knows where. Somehow, he used my card number and address. He even shipped the items to my address, so he must have been a rookie! However, I prayed for him. Prayed he would get caught and change his ways. I wondered several things about him, why he did what he did, who else did he pray on, did he feel bad about it, was it someone close by….the list goes on. Maybe he just has an identity crisis! He doesn’t really know who he is, so he had to steal an identity to feel important or good about himself.
In the Bible, Jacob was an identity thief. He portrayed his twin brother to get the blessing. Although his mother, Rebecca played a big part in helping with the lie, Jacob was the thief. He dressed a certain way, disguising himself to obtain something that really wasn’t his. He was the younger brother, yet his older brother had to serve him. Just as today’s teens, many go through an identity crisis. They become like the people they hang out with, they gravitate to those who open their arms to feel as though they belong or loved. Confused and lonely they try to find out who they really are. Sometimes this identity crisis will last for years.
Some people go to great lengths to try and gain an identity they think will make them more acceptable to a certain group. They dress a certain way, talk a certain way or act like someone they admire. Some think it is in their looks or opt for plastic surgery. Some go for the profession or trade and some steal what belongs to others. As children of God we need to know who we are. When you understand who you are in Christ you realize that God has already accepted you. You are a totally forgiven, been set free, fully accepted, deeply loved, daily empowered child of God! Once you fully grasp who you are, you will have joy like you have never known and grow like you have never grown. You can realize that God loves you for whom and how unique you really are. You don’t have to change or “get right” before coming to Him. He accepts and loves you just the way you are. Whatever you look like, whatever attitude, whatever personality you have, it doesn’t matter to Him. Our Heavenly Father wants you to know you are His child and you don’t have to steal anyone else’s identity. He alone supplies all your hearts desires, wants and needs. As you move closer to Him, let Him fix your issues in His own time, let Him help you deal with life and let Him show you who you really are in His eyes. God looks not at who you are today, but who you could be tomorrow. However, you are always His child and know He loves you beyond your identity crisis.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Identity theft occurs when a criminal uses another person’s personal information to take on that person’s identity. Identity theft is much more than misuse of a Social Security number-it can also include credit card and mail fraud. If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
- to report what happened. You can
- call the FTC’s ID Theft Hotline-1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338) or
- use the FTC’s online ID Theft Complaint form.
- to report what happened. You can