...keep not settling. - Unknown (AKA, Pinterest, keeper of all the quotable things)
I came across this quote a few days ago, and it hit me. Like, right between the eyes kind of hit me. I've been thinking a lot about being different. Because I’m about to tell you something you probably already know...being different can be/usually is very lonely. And if you’re trying to do the right thing and be the best person you can be, trust me, you are different.
I truly believe there is nothing so prevalent in our society right now as mediocrity. Look around. I promise you won’t need to look far to see a lack of effort, a lack of drive, and a general apathy for anything that doesn’t “feel” good. In other words, a whole lot of settling. At the same exact time, our culture is so full of rhetoric about not settling, not taking anything from anybody, not letting others dictate our lives, etc. And yet, isn’t that what comes naturally from apathy? A general pool of everything is fine as long as you want to do it, and not caring enough to be different? Because hey, caring is hard. And lonely. And you might have to sacrifice.
Spoiler alert, if you want to do the right thing...you WILL have to sacrifice. And it WILL be hard. I think though, there’s a bigger issue at stake. If I were to ask fifty random people on the street where they found their worth, what do you think they would say? My guess is, their family. Their significant other. Their jobs. Their hobbies. Being fit. The amount of followers they have. And it is so tempting, isn’t it? To place our worth in those things, or people around us. I don’t know one person who doesn’t enjoy the feeling of being appreciated or needed. In our humanness, we crave attention and validation. (Raising my own hand over here!)
Here's the deal. I don’t know much. At 16 I thought I knew everything. Now at 27 I honestly feel like I know less every day. Maybe that’s what adulting is...slowly regressing into a realization that you know nothing and just muddling through anyway, haha. But here is something I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt. If we search for our worth in things or other people, it will never EVER be enough.
We were created for a specific purpose. That something could seem tiny in the eyes of the world, but Jesus tells us that not even a sparrow can fall to the ground without his knowledge. How much more important are we than a sparrow?! We are so important to Him and so incredibly loved. Sometimes I think about what would happen if every person lived in the knowledge that a loving Father created them simply because He loved them that much. I can only imagine that this world would be a completely different place.
I’m not saying don’t worry about other people. As tempting as it is sometimes, because people can be very annoying (like when they take up all of the extra seats at the airport with their bag because clearly their bag is too good to sit on the floor but I am not,) we are tasked with the responsibility to care for those on this earthly journey with us. So forgive them for the bag thing. I guess. Anyway, I’m simply saying, don’t forget the end goal here. Your job, your family, your hobbies, those are all important and fun and worth doing and can lead you towards bettering yourself. But they do not, and never will, define your worth. There is only one person that will not, and cannot disappoint, mislead, or abandon you. Find your worth in Him. Stop settling for the things this world has to offer. Because the kind of passion where everything ultimately leads to Him, well that kind of passion is rare, and contagious. Be THAT kind of girl.