It’s week two of our latest teaching series at Mountain Lake, and Counterfeit Goods is proving to be eye-opening for many of us. This week, my husband challenged us to consider what drives us….what motivates us to do the things we do.
Are we driven to achieve status, possessions, or accomplishments in order to feel significant?
Are we driven to gain the approval of others in order to feel significant?
Are we driven to gain the attention of others – to be noticed – in order to feel significant?
Thought provoking questions, for sure. And, we might not be too willing to share our honest answers. Realizing what really drives us can be humbling. Yet, all of us surely seek significance. All of us desire to matter; to be valued; to have someone else affirm our worth.
Our problem, however, develops when we view our significance in what we do, what we achieve, or what other people say about us. Shawn said it best:
“We are not our jobs; we are not our educations; we are not someone’s parent. We are children of God. We are His children. That’s who we are.”
I fully confess my temptation to equate my identity with what I do. I’m tempted – just like most people – to feel significant when I’m busy doing good, useful things. But, you know what? I’m significant solely because God chose to create me. Anything beyond that is fluff. (That’s the technical term for it.)
You can watch the full message here. Maybe, like me, you need to be reminded that you matter – to the One who matters most.