I want to be great

‎”How can we break our heart’s fixation on doing ‘some great thing’ in order to heal ourselves of our sense of inadequacy, in order to give our lives meaning? Only when we see what Jesus, our great Suffering Servant, has done for us will we finally understand why God’s salvation does not require us to do ‘some great thing.’ We don’t have to do it, because Jesus has.”

-Timothy Keller

It’s amazing how it is built into us to want to be the greatest.  After years of working with students I have never met one who wanted to be average.  They are all going to be the best of the best.  They can’t just join the Army, they have to be a Navy Seal.  No way a bank teller will suffice, they have to own the business.  A doctor or a lawyer you name it!  Only being at the top of the socio economic ladder matters.  Here is the catch.  After years of working with hundreds of students guess how many became Navy Seals… none.  How many became a doctor or a lawyer… a few.  Our American dream has built into us the belief that we can be anything we can dream.  That’s not true.  And when we teach our next generation that their worth is in their dreams we set them up for a massive let down.  Don’t get me wrong, we need to teach our children to work hard but their worth isn’t in their success.  It should be in their character.  That’s right their character.  We should raise people who find their worth not in how high they can soar, but in WHO THEY ARE AS A PERSON.  This is especially true in Christianity.  We need to find our worth in what Jesus has done for us.  Than let God decide where and how we are used.  It’s not the size of our success that defines our worth.  It’s our character.  An old mentor of mine use to say that we will be surprised who will be the greatest in heaven.  It might not be the Christian rock star, famous author, or t.v. preacher.  It just may be that faithful country boy no one has ever heard about.

Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

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