Day 29, or Needing You
At the risk of sounding like a nostalgic idealist, today’s society is not what it used to be. At least not the way I understand it. It seems to me that the culture has changed. It seems to me there used to be a common decency, a common kindness, a sense of community, an understanding of one’s place, one’s purpose, one’s responsibility in society. It seems to me that today all people care about is what they think society owes to them.
So much emphasis has been put on individuals–individuals’ values, individuals’ comfort, individuals’ beliefs—that there is no form of collective left. The result is all these individuals feeling so independent, they don’t think they need anyone else. Especially not God.
Isn’t individuality and independence a good thing? They’re some of the most important things in life. They are the mark of humanity. But where do you think this originality and freedom came from? Why are we all utterly unique in every way, why are we able to think and feel differently from one another, why are we able to make our own decisions, including the decision to not believe in God?
Because God gave us the ability. He gave it to us knowing that we might choose not to love and follow Him. And He loved us so unconditionally He wanted us to have free will, even if we turned away from Him because of it.
One by one, many do turn away. They turn away from God, from religion, from a church, from anything that might hold them accountable. Because the truth is what one decides for himself, and you don’t need anyone else to tell you differently than what you want to hear. When you’re on your own, you are God.
It’s a delusionary way of life, and is quickly discovered to be so. For the simple reason that man is not a solitary creation. He never was, and never will be. People need people. If we say we don’t, it is pride and arrogance trying to convince us that we are all-knowing, all-conquering, all-powerful. But we feel the space that’s left when we attempt to live only by and for ourselves. The purpose of our lives becomes invisible, the meaning drains out of it, we lose our place and can’t find it again.
The world needs you. It needs each one of us. Not because of what we’ve made of ourselves, but because of what we are, what we were created to be. On our own, we grow weak, we wander aimlessly, we can’t find our way. Other people give us a direction, they show us things we can’t see on our own, they do things we could never hope to be able to do. It’s ok to admit you need other people. It’s ok to admit you need God. It’s more than ok. It’s how life was meant to be.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
My prayer for today:
Lord, grant me humility to remember how much I need You at every moment.