Christian celebrities who attended the Hollywood premiere of “Run the Race” spoke to The Christian Post about why it’s important to find one’s identity and value outside of work.
“Identity is not who you are in the world’s eyes it’s who you are in God’s eyes, and for me that’s what it’s about,” beloved Christian athlete and co-executive producer of the film, Tim Tebow, told CP.
“Run the Race” star and longtime TV actor Kristoffer Polaha said he thinks his generation is bombarded by social media which makes it more challenging to discover their own identity.
“I think with Instagram and Twitter and Facebook and this cultivated life where you get to basically say, ‘Hey, look how amazing my life is,’ and then [you] feel like you’re not pretty enough, or smart enough, or handsome enough, or skinny enough,” Polaha said. “If you put your identity in these things that fade so quickly, that tends to cause a lot of pain and ultimately a lot of hurt.”
Polaha, who’s also a professed Christian, said he encourages people to ask themselves: “’Whose am I?’” and to “find your identity in Christ.”
For his friends who aren’t Christian, he said he wants them to one day experience that inner confidence that comes from knowing who one is in Christ.
“It changes the way that you move through life. Because instead of riding on every high and low and putting your identity on how successful you are, especially in Hollywood where one minute you’re getting offers and you’re making so much money and the next, the phone’s not ringing,” he said. “And if you put your identity in that pursuit of success, the pursuit of fame or pursuit of money, you’re going to hit bottom fast and hard, and I think it kills people. I think we’ve seen it enough times in our popular culture.”
Miss Universe 2017 and Tebow’s fiancée, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, is one who knows what it’s like to have a lot of worldly success but admitted that her public achievements are not the things in which she places her value.
“I grew up in a Christian home; I grew up with a Christian family and for me, finding my identity has always been in Christ.” Nel-Peters told CP. “Things don’t always go the way that you plan it out to be, but you know that He has a plan for your life.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law