Devotion: Unveiling Identity

What’s in a Name?

“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.” – Proverbs 22:1-2

Imagine introducing yourself to someone new. How would you describe yourself? Would you mention your roles—being a parent, a soccer player, husband to ____, wife of ____, or a leader in your company? Or maybe you would mention your accomplishments — being a great student or perhaps the owner of a successful company? Our lives are often a tapestry woven from these labels, accomplishments, and connections. But pause for a moment and consider: Is this truly who you are?

In a world full of comparison, it’s easy to find our identity entwined in roles, achievements, and perceptions. Our self-worth can feel like it hinges on these unstable external markers. However, let us explore a different perspective—one anchored in the unchanging truth of God’s Word.

As we explore Proverbs 22:1, the legacy of Truett Cathy, and the deeper meaning behind “camp names,” we’ll hone in on this truth — that our identity doesn’t have to be built upon shifting sand; it is grounded on the solid rock of Jesus.

A New Creation

In a culture often equating worth with wealth, appearances, and achievements, Proverbs 22:1 reminds us that our true identity transcends the things of this world. It resonates with this truth: that being esteemed by God holds more value than silver or gold. We are all intricately woven and crafted by God. Anyone who is in Jesus is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:16-17.) This truth should change how we live and how we perceive our identity, nurturing humility, empathy, and gratitude.

Truett Cathy’s Legacy: A Good Name

Our founder, Truett Cathy, treasured Proverbs 22:1 and embodied it throughout his life. He understood the significance of a legacy rooted in character and integrity, transcending worldly riches. Above all, he wanted his life and legacy to glorify Jesus. His life verse is woven into the fabric WinShape Camps, emphasizing that a good name should guide our actions, and reshape our definition of “success.”

Truett took great pride in his name and it wasn’t about personal acclaim, but a recognition of God’s unique creation. As we carry Truett’s legacy forward, we strive to inspire campers to embrace their uniqueness with confidence and humility, rejoicing in their identity as beloved children of God.

Camp Names: Beyond Tradition

Across all our overnight camp locations, we bestow unique camp names upon our summer staff. At Mount Berry, these names offer a glimpse into staff personalities and are employed for just one night during each camp session. However, at our Young Harris and Cleveland locations, camp names replace their “real names” for the entirety of the summer. Camp names are woven into camp culture and are a TON of fun, but they’re more than just a playful tradition. Camp names foster a deep sense of belonging within our camp community and mirror the essence of our identity beyond given names. This sense of belonging extends to our campers, making them feel secure, accepted, and valued within the WinShape Camps family.

Camp names also remind us that our ultimate identity isn’t bound to names like Emily, Gabby, Josh, or Cody. Our foundation is anchored in Jesus. Just as the camp names offer a playful twist, our true identity finds its roots in the unchanging and eternal love of God.

As we navigate life’s twists and turns, let us boldly embrace the masterpiece God designed us to be, remembering that our true identity is secured in the unmovable rock of Jesus. When the world fades, only this remains. Let’s take a cue from Proverbs 22:1. Build a legacy that matters, rooted in God’s truth. Let’s celebrate who we are and share that joy with the world!

Questions for Reflection:

1. How does Proverbs 22:1 challenge how the world defines success and worth?

2. Reflect on the roles and titles you often use to describe yourself. How do they influence how you see your worth?

3. How can you create an atmosphere of belonging and acceptance within your family, church, and community?

4. While camp names are a fun tradition, think about how they reflect the concept of embracing unique identities. How does this align with God’s view of us?

5. Read John 1:12-16. How does knowing that you are a child of God change the way you perceive your identity?

Psalm 139:14 – “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Galatians 3:26 – “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”