An Impression That Truly Lasts
Recently (actually throughout my whole life) I’ve been struggling with the desire to please and impress others. Thinking I need to come across as together, beautiful, exciting, intelligent and things alike. Or I’ve been thinking, if only I were more knowledgeable about this, or looked better when doing this or that, or if I had a better sense of humour they would like me more, or I would be more successful. Maybe if I did all these things I would be accepted and praised. I focus too much on what the world would call being ‘successful’ and ‘beautiful’ and not what God sees those things as.
The more I see of the world, the more I see God’s glorious grace revealed within it. Yet, I also find it harder and harder to stay on top of that truth in my life and not to get distracted and sucked in by the glitz of life.
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:31
I wanted to make myself really impressive and memorable for whom I was. Then it dawned on me that there is absolutely nothing impressive about me! I realised the only impressive thing in the past about me has been when people saw Jesus in me. Nothing about me is extraordinary or special. Only when I submit to that and take a step back and realise, all I need is Jesus, does everything make sense.
He is the most impressive thing about me. When I know my weaknesses, then He is strong. When Jesus shines through your face, you have a face that can change a person’s world; when Jesus guides your steps, you walk a path that can change the world.
ALL I HAVE IS CHRIST and Christ is all I need. Whilst this is a battle I can still have peace because I don’t fight for the victory, I fight from the victory! Jesus has already won! As an ambassador for Jesus Christ on earth, I acknowledge that my greatness is His mark of redemption. I am a servant of Jesus Christ and the world has no hold on me. I am who I am, because of who He is and I do what I do because of what He has done!
“Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!” Psalm 80:3
We are delighted to have Emma write for us! Emma is currently on her gap year, travelling through the USA and then moves onto China. She is holding a place at King’s College London to study Theology. She loves dancing, fashion, and having DMC’s with her friends in cute coffee shops! Her dad is a pastor and her local church is Grace Church Quedgeley, Gloucester, UK. Emma is loving being on her gap year and exploring the globe, she is praying that during these travels God will show her what breaks His heart and that it will break hers too.