Sometimes you need to know how insignificant you are

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Ever been told you’re awesome? If you’re Gen X probably; if you’re Gen Y, definitely; if you’re Gen Z, daily.

It’s the catch cry of our culture. When you preach that God is dead, you need a heck of a lot of self-esteem boosting to make you feel like there is any purpose in life, so that’s what we’ve done. We’ve made it our job to ensure that young people know just how good they are; that they can do anything; that there’s no one better than them.

When I grew up I was shocked at how deeply I fell into melancholy when I found that mindset challenged.

I was flying by Mount Everest.

Those Himalayan Mountains are the biggest things I’ve ever seen, and as I flew over them I was conquered. For my whole life I had been the conqueror. I was human. I was the top of the food chain. The world was my oyster!

Those mountains weren’t.

As I looked at them, I knew with absolute certainty that I could never climb them. I knew that many who had tried still lay there entombed in the ice, and, more than ever before, I knew I was very, very small.

And I was gutted.

But what a good thing it was for me to be reminded that my glory is very small. I had to remember that there is One who is infinitely bigger than the mountains, and my identity must be found in Him.

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Body Image: Self Focused or God Focused?

I’m sick of standing around with adult women having petty conversations about our appearance.

‘Your hair is so beautiful, mine is flat and gross!’

‘My hair? No it’s not, yours is awesome. And you have such a better figure!’

‘What? My figure is average! You’re so much more curvy!’

I’m even hearing it in the church! Ladies, can you hear yourselves? This is not high school anymore!

Fashion Girl Vector IllustrationMost women worry about their appearance; I’m certainly not immune. It’s okay for women to want to be beautiful, but it’s not okay to obsess.

We live in a world that pushes body image and self-love as though it’s all there is to life, but Christian woman, hear me! It’s not the main thing! It’s not even close!

While we’re talking about how that other girl’s toenails look so much better polished than ours, there are people starving, children being trafficked, or, even closer to home, that girl standing over there alone who needs a friend.

Dress beautifully girls, but be beautiful first; Love yourself, but love God more.

Body image is a huge issue in our world, and I don’t think it’s because we don’t love ourselves enough. It’s because we’re more inward focused than outward; more in love with ourselves than we are with God.

I truly believe, that as we turn our eyes upon Jesus, and look full into His wonderful face, that the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.