Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!
Let us face it, friends: We live in a fallen world. Our everyday lives can reflect that. From a little fib, to maybe even physical abuse.
And society hasn’t helped much. We, as Christians, are in a continual battle against society.
What exactly is society? Here is one of the Google definitions: “The community of people living in a particular country or region having shared customs, laws, and organizations.”
Here is my mother’s exact definition of society: “A group of people living together. Establishing culture and customs.”
Now, bear with me because this will get a bit confusing (for both me and you).
Society isn’t really a bad thing, when looked at one way. It’s a group of people who live together, to establish customs, laws, and organizations. But try looking a little closer at its center.
The Google definition doesn’t say “The community of people living in a particular country or region having shared customs, laws, and organizations under God.” It just means the group of people, just themselves. But don’t start thinking “Oh, he’s looking at it too deep, from a different angle without common sense” or anything of the like! Just hear me out!
The society we live in right now is a group of people establishing laws, customs, and organizations, but, not gathering under God, it is chaos. There is so much hatred, discouragement, and just plain wrongdoing, to both others and one’s self.
I suppose what I have been trying to say in 199 words, is that, in this case and sense, society is people not under nor following God. People have been trying to rule themselves since the beginning without God’s guidance.
Alright, we’ve covered that part.
Took me long enough.
Now to the point of this post! I would first like to share a story with you all.
I came into the building where my running team would meet. Our coach called us all together, and directed our attention to a piece of cardboard. On it was written ten math problems. We looked at them, and before my coach could explain, one of us pointed to a problem that was wrong, and we backed him up. Our coach then began to explain. He said that we noticed the one wrong one, and completely overlooked the nine right ones.
Talk about the perfect chance to drop the mic.
He then pointed out that when one of the guys there planned to run five miles, but ended up running four, our coach fist-bumped and congratulated him for the four miles he did run.
He said that so many people focus more on the wrong things people do, and less at the accomplishments that are beside the wrongs.
Then he wrote two things on the cardboard beside the math problems. The first thing he wrote was “yourself”, then, below, “society”. Our coach said that those are the two things that can (and often do) bring us down.
He further explained that we can’t control what society thinks of us, and what it tells us, but we can control what we ourselves think! So many of us -including myself- are guilty of thinking lowly of ourselves. We make one mistake and beat ourselves up for it. In those moments we ignore the accomplishments we have done. We see what other people have done and how they are ahead of us, and we overlook what we ourselves have done, and that we are not in a race. We should try to be like God, not humans.
I have to confess, it’s hard not to feel jealous or unsuccessful when I see other bloggers “getting ahead” or publishing posts on certain topics I wanted to post on but couldn’t get to it first (even if they have been going a lot longer than me!).
I forget sometimes that I’m in this for Christ. I’m living for Him. Not for my own human want. I’m also going at my own pace. We all have our own paces. LIFE IS NOT A RACE!
Let me hand the mic over to God’s word for a second.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” -1 John 2:15. “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” -John 15:19. “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”-1 John 5:19. I think God says it very nicely. Don’t you?
To continue with what I was saying, we must learn to not hate or beat ourselves up. Friends, we live in a broken world. We are broken humans. And we break ourselves even more when we say: “I’m not good enough.” “I’m too weak.” “I’m not handsome or pretty enough.” “I’m not strong enough.” “I’m not smart enough.”
What are those called?
LIES!!! THOSE ARE ALL LIES! DON’T BELIEVE THE LIES! SATAN LOVES TO SEE GOD’S CHILDREN HATE THEMSELVES! HE RELISHES AND DELIGHTS IN OUR SELF DOUBT AND LOW SELF ESTEEM! DON’T BELIEVE WHAT THE DEVIL SAYS OR WHISPERS! THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!
My coach said something similar to, “‘Oh, that girl’s too pretty for me to take out’, or ‘oh that class is too smart for me’. Those are lies! That’s deception!”
He’s right. We are strong, wise, and beautiful in Christ. Don’t let society tear you down and tell you you’re not good enough.
I’m not a pastor. I’ve never been to a Bible college. But I know enough to say that life in God is better than anything society can give you. So don’t believe the lies Satan tries to feed you. Stay true to God, and His beautiful Word.
With God’s Help,
Daniel L. Amador
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