MONDAY MEDITATION: To See Yourself, Look for God (May 16)

Then he called a little child over to sit among the disciples. — Matthew 18:2

It’s easy to go through life without ever thinking about who it is you’re going through it with. Who are you? Why do you say, do, and think the way you do? Why do you surprise yourself in how you respond to some situations or people?

The easiest thing to do in life is respond to such questions with another: “Who cares?” But living each day without asking deeper questions is like living in Kansas during tornado season and not checking Accuweather. Mostly everything is fine, but it only takes one big twister to upset everything.

Socrates said that the unexamined life isn’t worth living. I think the best way to examine our lives is to start with the question, “Who is God?”

Pursuing God results in discovering yourself. Reading. Studying. Praying. Worshipping. Serving. Obeying. In doing all those things to find the Creator, we slowly discover things about ourselves:

We are always children, always vulnerable. Growing up, really, is a delusion.

We are meant to enjoy and play in the world. Why else did God create bugs?

We are happiest when we make friends on the playground. Aren’t our fellow children fascinating?

We aren’t meant to make sense of the world. Trying to understand everything in this mysterious place is impossible. Do children have to figure out a toy in order to play with it?

We are meant to make this world a better place. It’s our thank you gift to the Creator.

We are given unique interests and abilities that make life fun when we use them.

We are each unique children of God. Discover and value your uniqueness!

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