Who are your heroes? What makes them so special to you? Do you look at others and wish you could be like them? Are you selling yourself short? Undervaluing yourself and your potential?
Imagine your most unfortunate moment. It was an embarrassing incident that was witnessed by a lot of people. The next day’s headline blared out, “So and so (your name) chokes.” Or he/she stumbles, or made a grammatical and/or pronunciation error in a speech, or made a major mistake on a project, or in a competition, or in an interview.
You are an accomplished person in your field. You have excelled in your profession for years after college and been awarded numerous awards for achievement, character, and team work. You have made advances possible in your field that have positively affected other industries. Your work improved the safety and working environments for workers across your company and its many plants, factories, and offices.
At the same time, you have aided your company to create safe places for men and women to work collaboratively, find meaning and purpose, and earn a livable wage while contributing to a better community. Your supervisors, colleagues, neighbors, and friends respect your character, competence, courage, and leadership.
But on a weekday afternoon at a regular team meeting, you choke on a pretzel, slip as you are falling, and scrape your face and bruise your mouth from the impact. In the process, you remind everyone that you are only human. As did someone else when they stumbled a few times in giving a valedictorian address at their commencement. Or an athlete who slipped and fell down several stairs as they strode up to accept an award as the top athlete in their school.
We often hear about or see the embarrassing gaffes from politicians, actors, athletes, and musicians that are repeated over and over on social media platforms. The people often seem bigger than life to most of us and not subject to ordinary imperfections and failures. But truth be told, they are just like the rest of us, and the honest ones can laugh at themselves as they admit it. Like anyone else, they choke on things. They speak with poor grammar, try and communicate poorly thought through ideas, trip over rugs, spill their coffee on themselves, lose their keys, and forget a doctor’s appointment.
Read Psalm 139:13-17.
We are all created equal. No single human being of any time in history can claim to have more worth in God’s eye than any of us. We all entered into this world due to God blessing our parents, and we had no control of where we were born, when we were born, and why. Without the steadfast love and care of our mother and father, none of us would have made it out of childhood and so far in life. We also cannot save ourselves and have the same need for a Savior. We are equal in our sin nature, equal in our tendency to run from God, and unless we receive the forgiveness of God, none of us will make it to heaven.
If you are the type of person who idolizes the so-called glamorous people on campus, or those trending in the news, and see yourself as inferior – think again. When it gets right down to it, everyone chokes. Think theologically. God values you for who you are. We matter to Him.
Love is a verb,
©2018 by Mike Olejarz