Welcome to God Today. This is KC Craichy, founder and CEO of Living Fuel and Marketplace Minister. I was driving here today and on the phone, I was talking to Pastor Ralph Howe, pastor of Lifebridge Church right here in Orlando. And during that conversation, his text to me was, “Casey Kraichy…” followed by a nice text. Then when he talked to me, he said, “You know KC, I was using the voice recorded in the car. I was using the voice recorded and I said KC, and it came up C-A-S-E-Y…KC…C-A-S-E-Y.”
I started to tell him a story. I said it was very interesting that he did that. Actually, calling me Casey is okay. Whatever you call me is fine. But the point was that it brought me back to a time where this little boy, who was the son of a man whose father was an immigrant. So my grandfather came from Czechoslovakia from Bohemia. He was born in Vienna. When he came, his name was Krejci. Krejci. When he came to America, he didn’t speak English so the teachers said, “Must be Craichy.” And that is how we got our name in America. Our identity in Czechoslovakia was Krejci. In America, it is Craichy.
Everyone we have met with Craichy happens to be directly related to us. And most of them ended up with Kraichy. The reason this is important is that my grandfather married a woman and had five children. And one of the children named Roger – my uncle Rog. He was notorious for renaming people. It was the most bizarre thing. He would say, “You remind me of this.” And he would stick the name and it would stay. So he was a re-namer.
He named my dad, Alfred Clayton Craichy, Pete. Because he reminded him of somebody. And literally today, to his last day, there are people who call my dad Pete. Here is the story of this little boy with this backdrop of Alfred Craichy, he didn’t even have a middle name anymore, and his son was called Pete. And his name was A. Clay Craichy. And he went by A. Clay Craichy.
I get down to me now. I am in kindergarten and am writing my name, C-A-S-E-Y. And as a little kid, I was C-A-S-E-Y until it got time for me to play little league. I got to little league and I took my birth certificate. And I finally give them my birth certificate…
Oh, I have to mention one more thing. When I was born, my dad was in another country and my mom was in Venezuela. I was born in Venezuela and my mom said it was the 17th. The cable she sent him was on the 17th. But somehow he was convinced I was born on the 19th of December. So I celebrated the 19th up until the time my dad divorced my mom. And then here is the story…
So, I take the birth certificate to little league because they are so serious about identity. And I look at my birth certificate and it says, “Kenzie Clay Craichy. Born December 17th.” And I looked at my parents and said, “Mom, Dad. This is not mine. Who is this person?”
“Oh, well that’s you.”
“What do you mean that’s me? I am Casey. That’s the way I write it, that’s what everybody calls me.”
“Oh, well C-A-S-E-Y are the initials for K for your first name and C of your next name. So that is how it is KC. It’s just so cute as Casey.”
Here I was a confused kid. I didn’t know my identity. That is what is happening to us. Our identity is not what we do or what we are good at. Our identity is in Christ. You see, you can take the labels, other people, out on you because the prisons are full of people like that. “You are going to be just like your father. You are going to be in prison before you are 20 years old.” No. No. That is the devil putting burdens on us. We need to know who we are in Christ.
What does the Bible say? The Bible says that we are the head and not the tail, the beginning and not the end, the first and not the last. We will lend and not borrow. We are more than conquerors. We are a new creation. You could go on all day about who you are in Christ. Because the world will try to make you lose confidence because of your identity, what you think your identity is. If you think your identity is doing then you will have a life of doing to continue to try and prop up that identity. But if you will change your identity to what the Lord says about you…that is who you are. That is who you are in Christ.
Let’s pray. I just say, in the name of Jesus, I pray for each and every one of you who are somewhat lost or confused in your identity that you think the fact you are a lawyer, or a teacher, or whatever you do defines you. You have not studied or spent time in the Word about what the Lord says about you. I say that you are the head and not the tail. I say God says that you are the beginning, not the end. God says you are more than a conqueror. God says you are a new creation created in Christ Jesus. Yes! The Lord defines you when you accept that definition you can shed the things of the world.
You see, man’s praise, one man of God said to me, “Your criticism does not bother me. Because I am not affected by your praise.” So when someone praises you and they criticize you, it should be the same response. We are for the glory of the Lord. I bless you in the name of Jesus.