All That Matters

True story. A number of months ago, and 8-year-old boy stopped me in the lobby of my shared office space and said, “Excuse me, sir.  You look like you are from the movies.” I’m embarrassed to admit my ego inflated with pride.  “You know,” he continued “like one of those alien movies.”  I chuckled as my ego came crashing back down to earth.

It’s interesting how someone else’s opinion of us can influence us. It can affect our mood, our actions and even our self-worth. That can be dangerous. It’s okay to care what others think about you, but not too much.  If “likes” and comments on your social media determine your self-worth, then something is wrong. Overcommitting to gain someone’s approval is a frustrating place to be.  Affirmation and encouragement from the people around you are good things, but if that’s all that makes you feel valued then you’re standing on shaky ground.

There is only one opinion that is important and powerful enough to override any opinion of you or any opinion that can be given to you.   It’s the opinion of the one who died to save your life, and now lives to prepare a place for you in paradise. Jesus thinks the world of you, and that’s all that matters.

What must Jesus think of you if he…
…created the world for you?
…left his throne for you?
…lived perfectly for you?
…died innocently for you?
…rose victoriously for you?

How much must Jesus care about you to give you…
…forgiveness for every sin?
…strength for every trial?
…prayer for every struggle?
…protection for every evil?
…peace for every conflict?

No matter what the world things of you, Jesus thinks the world of you…always has, and always will.

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
- Psalm 36:7

All That Matters