"For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own...But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.”
-Philippians 3: 8-15 (ESV)
This background is chaos. The world is chaos- everyone screaming their own opinion of their idea of the truth- what life should be like. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed if you soak up this negative energy for too long. You don’t know what to think anymore. I’m not pretty enough. I don’t have enough money. My job sucks. My car isn’t good enough. I need a bigger house. I should have plastic surgery because my nose doesn’t look right. My life isn’t Instagram post worthy- I must not be doing something right. All of that is garbage.
We are like butterflies- we struggle to make it in this world. It’s a hard life growing up from childhood to adulthood. I met a child the other day who wouldn’t eat her lunch because she is watching her weight. A five year old. >>FIVE<< She’s not old enough to have a weight or a figure. She doesn’t know she’s beautiful enough. She’s been fed the lies that she’s not good enough- and when she’s older she will not be good enough if she doesn’t start the approval process now. God created us to be free- free to be His creation- not the worlds. He already approved us!
"My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”