As humans, we are flesh of the earth. We are created and are unique individuals, unlike anything else…a one and only. Each one of us has something different about us. The human side of us compares and contrasts ourselves to other humans. We do this to find a measuring point; a standard in which to compare, or measure ourselves with. Why are we measuring ourselves to other humans…who are measuring themselves to other humans? This is ridiculous. If we set a standard that is based on a comparison of another human being…who is doing the same thing we are…then our standards are off-balance. Why do we do this? Feelings. Living with feelings is not easy. We do our best to ignore those feelings many times, but they can’t be buried away. We want to feel good about ourselves. We want to feel accomplished. We want to feel respected. We want to feel acknowledged for things we have done, or for what we are attempting to do. We want to feel comparable. We want to feel fulfilled…so that we can fill a void within our soul. We attempt to fill that void with physical, material, worldly things. This does not necessarily mean tangible things. More specifically, we seek to obtain unrealistic standards of body image, wealth, social status, education, popularity…we even measure our acceptance at church. This is a struggle every single one of us faces. This void cannot be filled by anything of this earth. Let’s be honest and vulnerable. Let’s be real. Let’s set aside our feelings and focus on truth. Let’s work together to fill the void. Let’s dig deeper. Let’s search harder. And let’s reach further for the hand of Jesus. Jesus fills every void, overflows every emotion, embraces every feeling, and takes care of every situation. Jesus can change the way we look at ourselves. Jesus loves us unconditionally, and He can help us learn how to love ourselves unconditionally. May we walk together through the journey of vulnerability, trusting God to help us help this humanity within us. Until we are able to stand in the presence of God, let’s allow Jesus to walk us in the pathway to get there.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. PSALM 139:13-16
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” JOHN 17:20-23
God is with us.
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