Significance is Given by the Creator
So I was up last night after my 15 month old woke me up for a 2am snack. He went back to sleep but my mind was racing. At that time of night the weirdest things harken the semi conscious thinking. The thing that popped into my head this night was the Lego creation I had made with a client that evening. (Therapist enjoy play therapy too!!) The thoughts were obsessive over every detail of this creation and the pride of my accomplishment in making it was probably similar to a child bringing a similar product to a parent. I thought how clever I was to bring these pieces together and make it in such a way! Like I said bizarre thinking!
As I processed this scenario in a semi dazed state, the thought came to me ,"the significance of the creation is given to it by its creator". Who knew God was awake at these hours... but I pondered this simple revelation and wrote the thought in my "notes" on my phone. Great way to go back to sleep by the way; get it out on something (paper, phone) so your brain can process it the following day.
Simple but profound... "The significance of a creation (me) is given by the Creator (God)!!" The reason this is important is because every day I'm talking to people who are looking for significance. Whether it be through other people, possessions or title, we all want to know we have meaning and significance. In relationships, we want to know some one is obsessing over us (in a healthy way of course). Everything about us! In possessions, look what I've accomplished and what my hard work gained. Then we brag and show them to others. In title, we want to know others see us as having some sort of importance by how others view us. All in all whatever we try to find our significance in, eventually that thing fails to meet our hopes and expectations.
Back to Legos... There was nothing special in the creation that I made other than the fact I made it!! I was proud of my creation and was obsessed over it (even if it was late at night). I have similar reactions to other things I've made...(see my article of perfectionism) I said it had value because I made it. Now the next kid will come in and destroy my creation then be proud of the one he makes.
The value I have is because my Creator said I have value. This is the same Creator who spoke everything into existence. He is proud of His creation, He doesn't make mistakes. He's obsessed over every detail of us (read the Song of Solomon).
The problem is when I believe the lie my value is based on what I or others have said about me. That is always a skewed version of reality. When I realize my Creator knows me and said I have significance because I am His; I need to believe what He says is truth! The process becomes exchanging what I've said for what He says!!
So if you're up at night and can't go to sleep, remember their are gems that early in the morning!! You have significance because your Creator says you do!! He said it, that finishes it!!
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Zach Herrin has a heart to see people experience true freedom in Christ