2 Corinthians 5:17 New International Version (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
The self is where you are going to meet God. When you meet God, you will begin to live your uniqueness and life. Identity is a challenge for people. It is not a challenge for animals, only humans. A dog knows exactly what it is and knows his purpose. Plants and animals give glory to God for being exactly what they are to be. People can think and consider things. People have choices. People act and people doubt. Work on being. It is in originality that we find the Lord and know that he loved us into being.