Three weeks ago today, Geoff Marsh - my business partner and closest friend of 30 years died in his sleep of a heart attack.  While his death came as a complete shock to his family and friends, some measure of comfort and peace was derived from his strong and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.  Geoff was an incredible guy that had many gifts.  He was a great athlete, brilliant actuary, impressive leader and CEO, mentor and devoted father and husband.  Like Geoff, many of us find our identity in our relationships, our abilities and our occupations.  And nowadays (especially during the election this fall) we hear a lot about identity politics with regard to race, gender, ethnicity, etc.

However, one thing I’ve found myself reflecting on since his death was that Geoff’s primary identity was as a disciple and faithful follower of Jesus Christ.  He put Jesus first, and everything else came afterwards.  Indeed, only through Jesus can we discover our true identity as we are drawn more closely to him.

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – John 1:12

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus – Galations 3:28

But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit – 1 Corinthians 6:17

Brad Gauen

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