The Desire to Be Known

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I want to be known.

I want you to know my name
I want you to know my fears
I want you to know my talents
I want you to know my heart
I want you to know my failures
I want you to know my strengths

I want to be known…but not by you.

Cause see when I am known by you I go after being known for what I can do, what I can say, how well I can perform, what I can dream up, and what I can give you. I fall into the trap of labeling myself a dreamer, a creative, a blogger, a communicator, a fill in the blank.

I become someone who I want you to know me for, but not who I am truly am. Its like I am a train. A train that is running down a track. sounding its horn. letting you know its coming through. hoping that you hear it. hoping that you will take notice.

The desire to be known is a never ending track that will lead to my disaster…that is if the desire to be known is to be known by you.

I want to be known by Him.

Not for the things I can do, not for the clothes that I wear, not for the words I can say, not for the things I can type, but simply be known as His son.

I truly hope that you are known.

I know this is a personal question, but I ask that you reflect this wee on what you are known for. By others and by God.

Maybe even share with us how you are known.


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Michael

    I hope I am known by others as someone who is “real.” But sometimes I’m not sure.

    I want to be known by others and Him as someone who actually cares.

    • Kyle Reed

      I hear you on that. Being known for someone who is real is tough. Mainly because you cannot control how others interpret your actions. I am with you, I want to be the same online as offline. I do get the impression that you care and honestly, as weird as this sounds, I am getting to see who you are from your video post and other things you write.

      But like your blog says “work in progress” and I think that is the thing, we are still in progress.

      • Michael

        I really appreciate that man. It doesn’t sound weird. Because I feel the same way about your video posts and writings. Now this may be weird, but I think we are a lot alike. I’m just a few yrs older.

        • Kyle Reed

          and that is what standing on giants is all about. at least that is how i see it.
          love that you are a few years ahead of me and can share your life and thoughts with myself and others.
          look forward to more.

  • Geek for Him

    Great stuff Kyle, really a great word.

    I too want to be known, and I know I am, I just want it to be a closer relationship!

    • Kyle Reed

      Absolutely. To be known intimately and deeply, and honestly to know him better.

  • benj

    ur a poet. nice post bro.

    • Kyle Reed

      You’re to kind

  • Katie

    great words, kyle! and beautifully written. unfortunately we live in a world where we have to fight to be known for who we are as a redeemed child of God and not by what we do or titles the world wants to give us. i’m coming out of a season of being known for what i do and fighting really hard to be known first by God and then by others for who i am in Him…for being, not for doing. being to me represents character and i think that’s what God would have us known for because if we are in intimate relationship with Him our character can reflect something of His character and in turn He is glorified.

    • Kyle Reed

      great words. and love being able to talk to you about this battle of being known for what we do and not who we are

  • Tyler

    So much of social media is trying to become known by others, but I’m with you in wanting my ultimate goal to know and be known by Him.

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  • Jeremy Chandler

    wow. this is powerful, powerful (convicting) stuff. Obviously, we are trying to “be known” by others to fill a void that only being “known by Him” can fill. Something I’ve been struggling with as of late.

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