Hi loves, hope you’re enjoying the summer Today, I’d love to share a little passage that stuck with me this week. And the passage is from a book I’m currently reading, “The Pursuit Of God” by A.W. Tozer.
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This chapter, really stuck out to me because it talks about one of the burdens that a lot of us struggle with…this is the burden of “pretense” and “artificiality”, we are called to be meek…
But most of us are constantly struggling to find our value in this world. We go about our lives always fighting to be recognized and valued, either through our possessions, fame, money, power, beauty, relationships, education, knowledge, career, lifestyle etc
We carry the burden of shame because we feel like we don’t measure up…we’re not good enough…and this stems from constantly comparing ourselves to others, trying to find recognition and seeking for our place in society…
ultimately we’re just trying to be accepted…and because of this, we can’t truly be our authentic selves, we’re constantly trying to be something we’re not, we’re constantly hiding our flaws and weaknesses…
so that we can win the approval of others or so we can be validated…
the result of this is living in a constant state of shame and fear, hiding our true selves under a mask, while playing a role, pretending to be something we’re not….
“The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.” – A.W.Tozer
The big revelation, is realizing that our value does not come from this world but it comes from God, unless we surrender our guilt, shame and burdens to him and seek our identity in him, we will forever seek to be validated by this world…
and if this is the end goal, we will never find contentment and peace, because there will always be someone or something better out there…in essence without letting God determine our value, we’re just fighting a losing battle…
The only way to live without -
…..the burden of not being good enough,
……shame, guilt and fear,
is to PURSUE God
1 John 4:18 (ESV)
18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.