Dec 20 2019

Audience of One

Have you noticed that popular culture today is a little too wrapped up in the opinions of others, what other people think, how many likes we get on a social media post, and this weird anxiety about having to participate in the latest online trend. It’s sad to me that our society has ended up in this place where we are constantly striving for someone else’s approval. I get it. We all want to be liked and feel like we belong. But do we really need to focus on comments, likes, and happy faces from people we don’t even know in order to feel liked or accepted? Galatians 1:10 asks us a very pointed question on this topic: are we seeking the approval of people, or the approval of God?

I would like to suggest that our perspectives need to change. When we focus on the ideas of the world, our perspectives become skewed, and we fall into these traps of seeking false approval. What we need to do instead, is focus on what God is focused on, and on his opinions about us. I live for an audience of one. I decided at some point in my life that I really don’t care what other people think. The only opinion that matters to me is the opinion of my Father. Any idea that disagrees with him is an idea that isn’t worth my time. His approval is unequaled by anything or anyone else. The approval of others should never determine our value or self worth. His approval is all that really matters.

Here’s the great thing. When we stop caring about what other people think, we become less susceptible to being offended by people’s actions, being “triggered” by some event, or living in a place of unforgiveness towards others. There is only One whose opinion matters. Focus on His opinions and you’ll find that everything else will become less important. Live for an audience of one!

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Dec 13 2019

Season of Hope

We are in the midst of the season of celebrating hope coming to the world. Actually, it’s a celebration that has continued for followers of Jesus every day for more than two thousand years, and the rest of the world simply joins in on the celebration at this time each year. But there are many people who have not yet experienced what true hope feels like, which can easily make this season feel like a time of hopelessness. It doesn’t have to feel that way. One breath from the King of Kings can cause all hopelessness to disappear.

Hope covers the mistakes of the past.

Hope reveals our true identity.

Hope gives us a future.

Hope destroys the devil’s kingdom.

Jesus is hope.

Jesus is the hope of the world.

When we stare into the eyes of the one who embodies all hope, the hopelessness melts away. It cannot exist around him. The closer we are to Jesus, the more intentional we are about being in his presence, the less all the things of the world can impact us because he becomes the greatest impact in our lives. There is no better hope than that which comes through following the creator of hope. Stare into his eyes for just a few seconds and you will forever be caught up in his hope.

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