As part of our friendship series here at “Mommy on Fire”, I’ll be featuring a guest post writer each Wednesday so I can introduce you all to some of my “bloggy friends” who are awesome gals to get to know…

It is my super-honor to introduce to you my sweet bloggy friend, Jen from “Finding Heaven” today!  If you haven’t read Jen, you are in for a treat because 1) she is one of the deepest thinkers I know, 2) she explains truth in such a way that makes us really “get it” and 3) she has the gift of writing well and is a fantastic encourager.  I thank God often that He crossed our paths and now you can know her, too!

I indulged my daughter and took her to see Never Say Never.  Yes, I took her to see the Justin Bieber movie.  And while it was a really fun show, and while I was impressed with the fact that the Bieber team prays before every meal and before every show, and while I was grateful that he really does appear to be a neat and talented kid, I was bothered.

It wasn’t him that bothered me, though.  It was the throngs and throngs of children weeping over his greatness, professing their grandest dream of occupying his airspace, and swearing that one day, they would be married. Okay, I get that they are (mostly) hormonal teenagers and this is just a cycle of life (think The Beatles, New Kids on the Block, and The Backstreet Boys).  But, it was the visual display of idolatry that rocked my core.  What prompts us to have idols in our lives?  What drives us to be so enthralled with someone else’s greatness that we think the only thing that can satisfy us is to be like them or be with them?

How often have I denied my own strengths or my own God-given beauty because I have been mesmerized by the wonderfulness of someone else?  How many times have I disregarded my own talent because someone else seemed to have more of it?  How often will I look at the opportunities that God has given everyone else and think “Why not me”?

What I’ve come to realize is that it is people, myself included, that hook onto tangible greatness.  We look at celebrities, even Christian celebrities, and see all the characteristics that they have that make them and their lives extraordinary.  We see the amazing acting, we hear the beauty of their voice, we are touched by the impact of their written words, we marvel at the rhythm of their dancing, or the beat of their music.  So much talent in this world surrounds us that it makes it quite easy to see our ordinary selves as nothing. Because our greatness does not seem to register on the worldly scale, we say that it amounts to little.  And so, we begin to worship the greatness of individuals, or the greatness of their power, or wealth, or clout, instead of worshipping their Creator.

Somehow, I have to stop measuring things with the same scale that the world uses. Perhaps I have to stop measuring, period.  What really matters for you (and for me) is this:

God created you.

He didn’t spend any less time molding you than He did anyone else.

He didn’t forget to give you special gifts.

He didn’t make you any less worthy of His love and affection.

He made you great, too.

Yes, friend.  He made you great, too.  You don’t have to look around and marvel at everyone else.  You don’t have to preen yourself into anyone else’s image.  You don’t have to follow anyone else’s footsteps.

He’s given you your own path, with your own set of tools.  He’s equipped you perfectly and He has big things for you to carry out.  Your greatness may not always be tangible, but His is.

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.  Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5: 20-21

Does it get anymore beautiful and true than this?  You can read more of Jen’s thoughts at “Finding Heaven”...

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