It's such a heavy word, isn't it? With the weight of the world on our shoulders these days, and the feelings of inadequacies juxtaposed with the ever-fleeting ideals onto our digital screens and in front of our eyes on a daily basis, it's hard to still our hearts and just be. Over the years, I've felt the weight of my inadequacies in life. Whether that be in peer groups, at school, at home, or even at church. There has always been the ever-looming presence of "I’m not good enough". And the word good is yet another word that is filled with expectation. To be ‘good’ would mean that something is faultless. This can be applied to what we do, how we act, and how we are perceived by those around us.
But first let me ask you this: when stacked against each other, would you rather care what God thinks of you or what your neighbour thinks?
Many would say both. With social media comparing superficialities on the daily and the ever-looming pursuit of perfection, it can feel like we’re all coals hoping to be crushed into diamonds…hopefully. Then there’s God’s perspective and what He thinks of you.
So…what does the Bible have to say about this?
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.” Proverbs 21:2 NHE
While God has set precedents discerning what is right and wrong and He as our Creator gives guidelines on how to live according to His Will, He is also a loving, empathic, and compassionate God. Remember, God is a just God (Romans 10:9-10) and He wants what’s best for us (Jeremiah 29:11-13). He also knows our nature, thoughts, and intentions of the heart (1 Kings 8:39; Jeremiah 17:10) and is there with open arms when we stumble (Psalm 86:5). He holds us in His right hand and protects us from harm (Psalm 91).
When pleasing others, are you making them an idol?
When you care about what the world thinks more than what God thinks, your perception of goodness becomes sullied. Just think of the multitude of cultures and people groups who think that one thing may be good and yet the other may find blasphemous, this definition of ‘goodness’ can get confusing pretty quickly. But the Living Word of God says:
“Flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22 NHE
So, the next Time you ask yourself, “Am I enough, good, or full of purpose?” Just remember that our loving Heavenly Father created you for so much more than a life of mediocrity, He created a one of a kind you for a one of a kind purpose (Psalm 139:13-15) because you matter to Him most (John 3:16-17).