Good morning and happy Sunday! I’ve prewritten this post because as it’s published I will be preparing to leave my favorite iPhone-and-computer-free weekend of the year; YoungLife fall weekend at Windy Gap. I seriously love the Bible verses I’m talking about today! The funny thing is I actually came across them recently while on my phone at a totally random moment and I screen-shotted them so I wouldn’t forget about them. As usual, if you’re offended by the Christian religion please be my guest and scroll past this post. If you came to read this week’s “Scripture Sunday,” you’re in the right place! I hope you enjoy it!
1 Peter 1:24-25; For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
A week ago right now I was at Music Midtown, a music festival in Atlanta. I had an amazing time, and I would definitely say I’m at my happiest at events like that. I love to travel, I love to attend concerts, and I love going to YoungLife camps (like the one I’m at this weekend!). However, not every moment in life, or my life at least, is an adrenaline rush like those experiences.
In everyday life, I tend to find joy by accomplishing things and hanging out with friends. Let’s be honest, I think we all become happier momentarily when we make good grades, perform well in our sports, and hang out with people we think are “cool” or good for us to surround ourselves with. This happiness is temporary. As soon as you get a bad grade on a quiz and your average falls again, you’ll be disappointed in yourself and have to work hard again to reattain your high grade. When your coach doesn’t give you as much playing time in a game, you’ll wonder what made your coach think you were less capable than the players who started the game. If you don’t get an invite to the party, you’ll question your friend group and your place with them.
Finding your worth and identity in these earthly things can be dangerous. They are imperfect just like you and I and are completely temporary. 1 Peter 1:24-25 says “For, ‘All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.'” At first, I liked these verses because I love flowers and metaphors that involve them, but then I dug deeper. I love the way our “glory” (like grades, performances, social groups, and other accomplishments and earthly joys) is compared to flowers. While beautiful at the time, they are temporary. This reminds me of having flowers in a vase. You pick the flowers, like your glories, when they’re beautiful and positive and make you feel good. If you’ve ever had a vase of flowers, you know that the flowers obviously die sooner or later. I hate watching them die, it’s almost painful to watch something so beautiful fade into something that has to be thrown out. This parallels with our grades falling, our athletic performances becoming underwhelming, and our social groups disappointing us. Not to mention, the verses’ comparison of people to grass that withers away. This can be taken in regards to death or loyalty. No one is permanent, a good percentage of relationships aren’t either. Eventually it all ends, and it’s sad.
However, another much happier thing I love about those verses is that they reveal that there’s one thing in our lives that has a sort of “lifetime guarantee” if you will – the Bible. Everything in the Bible is true and it will never cease to be. It will always be there to comfort you in times of trial and doubt, to remind you of what is right, and to guide you through your life. The eternal love of God that is continuously referred to in the Bible is a constant in your life too.
This week, don’t let the little things get to you. Remember that the most big, important thing that could possibly be in your life is also the most constant. Take pride in your earthly glories but don’t let them become who you are. In times of disappointment, look to God’s word for guidance and joy. Pray for those who can’t seem to see the ultimate shortcomings of their earthly satisfactions.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week! If you’d like to read my previous “Scripture Sunday” posts you can find them here.