In the current scenario of the world between social media and social expectations, we can find ourselves striving to live to meet the expectations that society has given us.
Most of the time though, we will find that the expectations given by society are so unreasonable, and hard for us to reach. Society has a way of pressuring us into fitting the mold of what is viewed as “perfect”. “Be skinny, but not too skinny.” “You have to wear makeup to be beautiful, but don’t look like you’re trying too hard.” There’s so much pressure to look and act a certain way, that it's hard to keep up! You can’t possibly meet every single standard at once, and you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to. We look at all of our insecurities and drive ourselves crazy trying to be “perfect”.
However, if we look to God, we’ll find that His expectations look a lot different and have nothing to do with outward appearance and everything to do with what’s on the inside. If we look to His Word, God has called us to do these things:
“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” Matthew 6:33
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” Mark 16:15
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
“Value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
“Use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10-11
If the world was blind, who would you impress?
Striving to be good on the inside and honoring the Lord will give you more rest than ever trying to be perfect on the outside. God simply asks us to live and seek Him first, and love each other. When you get to heaven someday, God won’t tell you how impressed He was by the clothes you wore or tell you how good your hair looked, He will know you based on how you lived for Him. If you live your life trying to impress the world, you’ll never feel good enough and spend your whole life trying to catch up.
However, if you live your life for Jesus, you’ll never fall short and will be filled with joy and take peace in knowing you’re living for Him. And isn’t that such a beautiful thing?
Valley Youth Student,