In Demon Slayer Swordsmith Arc, Hotaru Haganezuka retreats to the Swordsmith village out of pain and anger. Once again, Tanjiro Kamado has damaged one of Hotaru’s precious blades. Why is he so distraught? Because for him, a lot of his identity is found in his craft. But is that healthy? Where should we find our identity? Join us as Celeste answers these questions.

Written Devotion

In the newest season of Demon Slayer, we see that Hotaru (The Swordsmith) has hidden away in the Swordsmith Village because he is so mad at Tanjiro for breaking his swords. Hotaru works hard on those swords; he strives to make them the best he can. He spends long hours working on it with intense focus. And Tanjiro has the nerve to break and chip these things into which he has put his heart and soul! How DARE he! It is an offense to Hotaru himself! Because Hotaru finds his identity and self-worth in the making of these swords. Today on Geek Devotions, we’re talking about where you need to find your identity.

As we said Hotaru is well known throughout the whole series of Demon Slayer for being obsessively passionate about the swords he has created. This dedication is what makes him an excellent swordsmith. But it also leaves him feeling like trash when something happens to the swords. He is placing all his value, identity, and happiness in something that is ultimately breakable. 

It’s so easy to fall into this mindset.  We put our value, and our worth in things that we do, that we create, and the titles that we hold. But those things are things that can be gone in a flash. Those things are not permanent. A good word for it is transitory. They all have the potential to be taken away, shifted, or change… and if we base our worth on these things, then what happens to us when those things are gone? We are left feeling like we do not truly matter, and we know that is not what God says about us. 

So where does our value come from? Check out what Ephesians 2:8-10 says:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8-10 (English Standard Version | ESV)

Our value, our worth, and our identity are not in what we do, what we make, or what we are responsible for. Our Identity is that we are children of God, loved, and created for a purpose. That is your value, not mom, dad, sister, brother, pastor, boss, employee, teacher, or geek. Your Value is that you are a child of God created in His image.