3-7-2018 – e-News

Sam was a young boy like any other—fun, full of life, and eager to makes things happen. One day, as Sam was walking down the narrow halls of his high school, he overheard some parents talking about the football team he was on. As he ambled by, with the parents talking much louder than they thought they were, he overheard one parent say, “Well, boys from ‘that’ side of town never amount to anything. No wonder we’re in a losing streak.” Sam knew full well what they meant because Sam was from “that” side of town.
When Sam heard this, his anger began to boil, and he made a promise to himself, “I’ll show them. I’ll show them exactly what I can do.” And just like that, Sam’s internal voice was set to argue with anyone who he thought didn’t think enough of him. At Sam’s first job: “I’ll show my boss.” In Sam’s first marriage: “I’ll prove myself to my wife and her parents.” Even Sam’s children felt the burden of Sam’s insecurities. Sam’s expected his children to be perfect, not for the sake of being the great kids they were, but so they could make Sam look good.
Without even being aware of it, Sam was driven by this internal voice: “Do more, and you’ll be important.”
Sam was driven by not just the need for approval, but also the need for applause. Lance Witt, in his book Replenish, identifies with Sam: “I wanted to be successful and for people to know it and acknowledge it. Applause was the fuel necessary for me to feel significant.” No applause, no significance.
Friends, in Christ, our significance is found not in what we can do or what others say about us, but in the beautiful and freeing truth that we belong to God and he values and loves us. When we mix this up with earning our significance, we find ourselves on an “I’ll show you” treadmill that goes nowhere and leaves us exhausted.
In Christ, you are a son or daughter of the Lord of the Universe. Right there is all the significance you could ever hope for. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).
What does your internal voice say?Is it different from what God says? Who do you listen to the most?
Changing Who I listen to,
Pastor Kenneth
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