Likes, comments and shares. That’s today’s world right. I have a confession, I struggle with social media, I struggle with the concept of being out there, being known. It may just be the introvert in me or it may be some deep insecurity I don’t know…
Anyway this week I been really thinking about this concept of approval, validation and being celebrated..
It hit me that these days we want to be celebrated for doing the right thing.
Now I have to preface this by saying personally I have been brought up with the notion of ‘I don’t expect anything less from you’ so that meant when I’m first in all my classes in high school there’s no brand new car, we don’t go to dinner to celebrate. It’s just an ordinary day.
It made me wonder…
has the world just become so infested with bad and evil that doing the ‘right thing’ is on the one hand so rare and on the other something that we need to encourage in others and send a message to others about the need for it?
Has our generations become so hardened and numb to morality. Has right or wrong been replaced by ‘feeling’?
For a long time I was the kind of person who relied on what they feel to make a decision. This was challenged when one of my mentors said to me you can’t trust your emotions.
It took months, me wrestling with the idea that I can’t trust my feelings. I felt lost and confused, if I can’t use my feelings to make judgments what do I use?
Since the start of the year God has been really challenging me on choices, and since then it’s become even clearer that my feelings aren’t ever aligned with right or wrong. What I often feel like doing saying is not the right thing, nor does everything that feels wrong is actually the wrong things.
This post was inspired by my pastor, he spoke about tithing and how Christian see it as a sign of being a mature Christian but he said it is really God is saying ‘now you are not a thief’
Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – your whole nation – because you are robbing me.”
Jesus instructs us to not tell our left hand what our right hand is doing. To do good in secret, our father who sees what’s done in secret will reward us.
I’ll be the first to admit the temptation of wanting the world to recognise that I’m a good person, that I have value and I’m good enough is huge . But, it all comes down to knowing who you are in father.
Who does Father say I am?
This revelation alone will show us, doing the right thing is not a measure of value and worth,
Go read Luke 18:9-14.