It’s everywhere nowadays. On all those inspiring youtube channels, instagram accounts, blogs, tedx talks. They say with just enough self-love you can overcome, you can achieve anything, you can become the best version of yourself and have all the confidence you need. This all seems positive…but is it really the answer? Is self-love really gonna fix your brokenness? Will it fill that emptiness? It’s all “good”. But there’s an extra “o” in there. It’s missing the whole point. GOD.
Shouldn’t God be where we find our strength to overcome, whom we turn to for wisdom and strength and where we find our confidence?
“The only good in me is God in me.”
Read that again.
God is the real source. GOD himself is LOVE. He is truth, peace, hope, light, kindness, righteousness, holy, merciful, sovereign, powerful, and pure. He is faithful, the beginning and the end. He is our comfort, our shield, our provider, our joy. His ways are right, His word eternal, His will unchanging and His mind is on us.
How can we leave out the whole source!? It’s like giving credit to a lightbulb for shining…but we all know it has no way of shining without the source, energy, a battery, electricity. It’s like praising a leg for being able to perform a sprint and not giving credit to the heart who is pumping oxygen through the blood and life through it.
We give so much credit to self-achieved happiness and success. So much praise to people who overcome in their own strength. But I wouldn’t even be breathing without God giving me breath, and allowing me to wake up every morning. Pride is something I’ve really been trying to understand, and pick out in my own heart. It’s usually so subconsciously that I don’t even see it as pride or selfishness. Even just thinking “nah I’d rather finish this show before I call my mom back”…Nah I’d rather spend my time replying to all the wonderful comments I received, instead of giving encouragement and lifting others up. But the holy spirit leads and corrects and heals in the most beautiful way.
This also led me to think about how much control I really have. I’m a huge planner and organiser, I love making lists and writing out every idea and event happening. But sometimes even though I know exactly what’s going on in the next week, or even month (yeah I’m a freak), I’ll open my planner and still feel anxious. Because really what control do I have? The tiniest bump in the road could throw all my plans off. We have no way of avoiding major things like cancer, a financial or political crisis, natural disasters and obviously we can’t stop death.
But the good news is Jesus did. He didn’t just stop death, he defeated. He conquered. He overcame this world because He knew we wouldn’t be able to on our own.
He wants to be your source. Your source of love, joy, strength, wisdom, peace and everything you could ever need. Because He gives life, because He is alive and through Him you have the most abundant life you could possibly imagine.
Song to listen to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HC08NgsPqA