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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fame (05/10/12)

TITLE: True Significance
By Yvette Stupart
05/17/12


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“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

We all need a sense of significance. But it is so easy to lose sight of what true worth is when so much emphasis is placed on the trappings of wealth and worldly acclaim. In today’s world, a high premium is placed on glory and recognition, and so celebrities receive a great deal attention and adoration.

Professional counselor, Robert S. McGee, in his book “The Search for Significance” explains that many people spend their life searching for love, acceptance, and success from others. He points out, however, that their critical need is to discover God’s love and acceptance.

As a young person, I felt I could not measure up to people who seemed to have everything. I was unsure of my true identity as I compared myself with others. I didn’t like the picture I had of myself and struggled to find a sense of self.

Many people, like me, crave after earthly acclaim without an understanding of the great reality of God’s love and the high value he places on us. An important biblical teaching is that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28). However, because of the Fall, our minds have been blinded to this truth. This causes us to think that we can find true value in our lives without a relationship with our heavenly Father.

The message of the Gospel focuses our attention on true significance. I have come to realize, as a believer, that life with meaning begins with an acceptance of who I am in Christ. This comes with the understanding that God sent his Son to die because of his great love for me. The acceptance of Jesus’ work of grace helps us as believers to understand our true worth. This awesome reality is far greater than fleeting worldly recognition.

As believers we are significant in Christ Jesus. We are described as salt and light in the world (Mathew 5:13, 14). Consider the practical implications of these two commodities. We need light to see, in order to find our way around, and salt to add flavor to our food. What would we do without salt and light?

In the same way, beievers enjoy a life of purpose. As channels of Jesus’ life (John 15:5), we light up a dark world with God’s love. Besides, we add taste to our world, so in the place of resentment and bitterness, we bring peace as we allow Jesus’ life to flow through us. Indeed, we experience the greatest significance of all.

Reference

McGee, S. M. (1998). “The Search for Significance.” Nashville, TN: W Publishing Group.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 05/18/12
I love the scripture that started off this well written entry. It held my heart throughout. Nicely done. This is my fav:

"As channels of Jesus’ life (John 15:5), we light up a dark world with God’s love."

Amen & Amen.

Thanks for this piece.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/19/12
This is a lovely devotion. I like the points you made and how you defended them. Nicely done.
Marina Rojas05/20/12
Really excellent piece of writing, I was surprised to see it in the Beginner's level since it is very well crafted.

I did spot one typo/misspelling in the last paragraph-- believer
(believe me, I've done that before LOL)

But really, this is an excellent job and if you're not blogging you should be.
Jody Day 05/22/12
Very well done. This would make a nice devotional. Good job.