November 3, 2014
This particular post really paints a picture of how I am and how I lived my life thus far. High school especially was a huge impact on me in this area, now it seems to be the workplace. The people that we are around everyday (or at least most of the days in the week) we really want to impress them or maybe even act or dress in a way that they would like. Why do we think we need to impress or show off to the people around us? Simple answer, low self esteem. The definition of self esteem is this; confidence in one’s own worth or abilities. To me that is pretty heavy stuff to think that I have low self esteem, so i basically think very little of myself and like I can’t accomplish anything. Now days I think more and more people and definitely children get this feeling, reason being is the television. We have made so many images (idols, as the Bible puts it) whether they are real or not that we have to live up to to meet certain expectations from the world, and it is basically impossible.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
If we could actually live that way and think that way (and I am including myself), then think how much better this place and the people around us would be.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
The word outsider is referring to the unbelievers, so this change that we are seeking is going to start with us, the believers, through God. I struggle with that everyday, looking at someone in a negative way, but why not reach out to them, to the ones suffering just as Christ did for us, we once were suffering as well. So many times we take for granted what Jesus did for us and we loose track of the fact that He died for us.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
The word money there can be changed to anything, women, possessions, attention, food, and just idols in general. So which one, or better question who, will be the one that has your focus and love. God doesn’t jump around on subjects and He doesn’t make it a trick question, He is very straight forward in saying that He will be number one in your life and if He isn’t then He is not taking seat number two. God wants to be the driver and not the passenger. So put your faith in Him, for He is God, He created the universe and everything that it consist of, He can cure the sick, He can change your heart, and He wants to do that today.