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We are so much more than skin deep

What are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority— Psalm 8:4-6

And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Romans 8:17
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
forever. Psalm 23:6

But you are not like that (those who did not obey God’s word), for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

There is always more
Have you ever wondered if there was more to life than we realize? If there was more to us than we give credit for. Do we honestly short-change ourselves even when we think we are doing ourselves good? What if we have not been seeing the big picture, missing out on what life would actually be like for us as opposed to what we make it to be? These are things I’ve been thinking about. The truth of the matter is that we are created in the King’s image. If the King is so much more than just that, surely that must mean we are more than just human beings. That must also mean there is more to life.

Some would argue that life is what we make it to be. If that is true, then what kind of lives are we supposed to have? Joy should not be temporary. It is different from happiness. That is what the world seeks. Happiness is limited to circumstances. Joy has to do with the presence of God, as outlined in Psalm 16:11. Through that joy we experience a peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:7).  However the joy is obtained through blessing the Lord at all times (Psalm 34:1), but if we are trading joy for happiness and following the world’s standard of fulfillment, we deny ourselves the possibility of there being more than that. I believe this is why there is such a faded and blurry image of ourselves. We fail to see ourselves in the eyes of the One who created us.

What is it with kids?
At times things in life turn out to work in reverse. Instead of us teaching kids how to live by certain values, we find ourselves learning from the mindset they embrace: possibility thinking. Once you promise a child something, there is nothing you can do to waver the belief that they will receive what you promised. If failure to obtain the promised item occurs, they immediately shift to the alternative, “You will get me a different toy right?” The more exposed we are to the reality of the desire not being able to be accomplished, the less open we are to the alternative.

Reality has always buried the alternative. We hardly ever think of other possibilities towards achieving something. Over time we become so acquainted with the “impossible” that the fantasy of the “attainable” is stained by that reality. Through that acceptance, is it safe to say that we believe the reality more than the possibility most of the time. That would mean that it does not matter what we truly desire to accomplish, it is almost a guarantee that we will not get it done, because of believing the impossible.

This also means we limit ourselves to the little possibility we hold because of knowing that some things can still be done. Not all hope is lost. Except the problem with that is we not only fail to challenge ourselves to do more, push farther and try harder, but also keep a closed a mindset to the possibilities of doing more and becoming more. It’s wonderful that you can play the piano, but what if you can also play the drums, or be the band leader? The only way to be sure is to try.

Stepping out of your comfort zone
I have seen so many people talk themselves out of tapping into their potential to do something great because of being familiar with the reality of impossibility. The “all things are possible” child-like mindset is immediately wiped out. Instead a new mindset should be formed, “this can be done.” Imagine all the great things that would be achieved through everyone embracing this mindset! Instead of saying, “I can’t afford this” you rather say, “This can be afforded.”

Final word
In the end there truly is so much more to us. We are better than we think we are, greater than we believe, more excellent than we acknowledge ourselves to be, and able to do more than we think we can and were created for. In essence it’s what Jesus meant when He said, “Be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matt 5:48

We are more than what life has to offer. More than the future. More than the past. More than everything that happens to us. More than our success, failure, pain, pleasure. We are so much more than skin deep.


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