Sunday, August 19, 2007

Lying To Self

Creation itself is such an amazing thing. When I look at the uniqueness of creatures around us, everything from earthworms to elephants, from trees to sand, from oceans to stars, I know that this could never have been just a reaction of the elements. The world is most assuredly God’s divine design.

In the human race alone, we can see so many variants. Our DNA itself says that we are created to be completely unique – different from every other person in the entire world who has or will ever live. We are created by God’s divine design. Look at the people you know. There are those that are broad hipped, big shouldered, have thin lips, baldheaded, bug eyes, big ears, crooked teeth, overweight, and large feet! Thank God those characteristics aren’t on the same person!

Stop. Think about that.

What makes us think that those characteristics are bad? Being broad hipped can help in childbirth. Having no hair means you get dressed faster. We’ve been taught by society that these are bad features when in fact, God has designed all features. God doesn't make mistakes! There are those that go through life hating certain aspects of their self because popular opinion says those features are wrong or less desirable. How we feel about ourselves changes as we grow based on these opinions. No child thinks they’re ugly…until someone tells them so. Isn’t it funny how we suddenly look at ourselves through the eyes of others instead of the eyes of God, who made us to be exactly what we are?

It’s apparent why God chose to create the human species from the dust of the earth. Dust is susceptible to its surroundings. A gust of wind, and it’s piled in the corner. A little water and it sticks to everything. It’s easily pushed around, pulled apart, and will conform to whatever mold we put it into. But we aren’t just dust! God gave us the breath of life – from His lungs to ours. That’s what makes us individually special from all other living things. We have the breath of life from God Himself.

So what’s wrong with just being you? Just as dust is transformed by its surroundings, we are as well. We become so wrapped up in what others think and feel about us that we begin to lie to ourselves about what makes us individually happy. The opinions of others control our attitudes towards life as well. Many of us marry the “right” person, have the “right” friends, drive the “right” car, and have the “right” job. But at the end of the day, nothing feels “right” about it. Why? Because we’ve stopped listening to ourselves and become a robot controlled by popular opinion. So we spend our lives being miserable because we have the “right” life.

We want to be rich, famous, thin, beautiful, successful, own the biggest house, drive the best car, have perfect children, and belong to the social status organizations in our community. Yet, at the end of the day, we’re in debt, we’re cleaning too big a house, we’re hungry from dieting, we hate our jobs, and we are exhausted from running our perfect children to every approved event! Is it any wonder so many of us hit our 40’s and realize we’re miserable?

Satan operates popular opinion as one of his greatest weapons against us. He wants to change the “YOU” God created into something less, something unhappy, and something unfulfilled. The lies you allow to enter into your heart are from the father of lies himself! Many of us have listened to others until we don’t know who we are or what our true purpose is.

Imagine this.

What if all people in this world were in the place God designed them to be?

What if in only the community in which you live everyone lived within the plan and purpose God chose for them?

What if in your family alone, all were in the design God intended for them?

What if just you and you alone were the person God designed “YOU” to be?

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” – Psalms 1:1-3

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