An identity statement describes what is here and now. Months ago this leaf was a bud high on a tree, then it sprouted into a deep green leaf. Weeks ago it turned a beautiful autumn color, then after a time fell to the ground. Sometime not long ago it blew onto the ice of a nearby pond, and then was covered with snow or rain and frozen in its own layer, suspended above the decay below the ice and safe from the winds above the ice.
Each stage is beautiful, but very different. An Identity Statement focuses on the present beauty rather than that of the past or future.
The reflection is not the reality, so we always take it with a grain of salt. An Identity Statement is inherently limited by our sight and perception.
God is always in the present, the light in our world. Being as centered in God and in the here and now as possible keeps us faithful more easily than trying to guess what God may be up to five years from now, let alone what people may be doing that far into the future. An identity statement describes what is here and now.