The Right Place to Find Significance
“But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And he who formed you, O Israel, ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
If you are like me you might have days when you wonder about your significance in this world. Everyone else seems younger, better looking, funnier, and smarter. They are the ones who are making a difference and whom people notice. If this is the case with you, let me remind both of us that our perspective is completely wrong and we are looking in the wrong place for acceptance.
The World’s Unwritten Standards for Success
The world has a certain set of unwritten standards for success. We learn these ideals in many different ways. We live in an age when almost any TV program or movie is instantly accessible. This allows us to waste more of our free hours under the tutelage of Netflix, Hulu, Peacock, Amazon Prime, and more. The “friends” we develop through these media are not real people. They are fictional and don’t live in the tangible world as we do. But somehow it’s easy to begin measuring our self worth against the backdrop of these lies.
Social Media Creates Low-Self Esteem
Social media is another culprit of low-self esteem. Here we peruse snippets of the lives of actual people who only post the parts they want us to see. But behind the posed selfies and funny narratives lurk difficulties and struggles. Our social media friends are just like everyone else; they just don’t let the world witness their failures.
Fun group pictures displayed online for the world to see serve only as a reminder that we are not a beloved “friend;” otherwise, we would have been invited to the party. And that rejection creates feelings of loneliness and worthlessness. We try harder to be like everyone else hoping to find love and acceptance, but we find ourselves on a dead end street.
The Answer For Acceptance and Significance
So what is the answer to our need for acceptance and significance? We must change our thoughts. First, say goodbye to the TV friends. Pick up the remote, click “off,” and begin getting involved with real flesh and blood people. Invite a group over to play some games and laugh together.
Next, shut down social media for a while or forever. Engage in a small group where you can talk face to face and with authenticity to others who live in a world of reality. And without social media you won’t even know if the gang got together without you.
But most importantly remember who is your greatest fan and remind yourself daily. The LORD, your Creator formed you and redeemed you. He declares, “You are mine!” Accept who He made you to be because He doesn’t make mistakes. He created you for a purpose and will bring that purpose to pass in His time.
The Right Perspective
Still wondering about your significance? The God of the universe sees you, knows everything about you, and He is completely in love with you. That perspective makes all the difference in the world.