Happy Sunday! Today I’m posting my first “Scripture Sunday” post since my little month-long hiatus and I’m so excited to share what God’s been teaching me lately! This is my thirty-third “Scripture Sunday” post I’ve written in the past year or so (crazy right?), so if you’re interested in reading any of my previous Scripture posts you can find them here. I hope you love today’s post as much as I loved writing it! Enjoy!
James 1:11; For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
I love to travel. I love seizing every opportunity I get to see more of the world, and I’m never disappointed. God’s creation never ceases to amaze me, from the crashing of ocean waves to tall purple mountains it’s all so beautiful and it’s such a blessing to see. One of my favorite things about traveling, especially by plane, is that it puts in perspective just how little my life really is. As a junior in high school, it’s so easy to get caught up in myself, not necessarily in intentionally selfish ways, but caught up in things like bringing up my SAT score, being disappointed in my GPA, or getting involved in as many extracurriculars as I can manage. The compounding of these expectations that I, and those around me, have for the remainder of my high school career easily creates stress and a sense of drowning. I constantly get stuck in the cycle of feeling like nothing I’m doing is good enough, like my grades will never be as high as I want them to be or my athletic performance will never be enough to get played in lacrosse games.
A couple weeks ago I read the book of James. I love the number of metaphors in the short, five chapter book, and I especially love the one found in verse eleven of chapter one. It says “For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.” While this can definitely be taken as targeting the selfish ambitions of those who only focus on money, I think the “pursuits” of the “rich man” mentioned can also refer to our earthly goals that aren’t based on God. If we choose to spend our whole lives focusing only on our grades, athletic performance, or income, not only will we never be content, we won’t be living for God. While high academic achievement and athletic talent are by no means bad things, they are still distractions from God.
The funny thing about all of these earthly aims that we place such high value on is that they won’t matter at all when we get to heaven. When we meet our Creator all that will matter is how we loved others, how we shared His word, and how we poured into our relationship with Him. We aren’t going to have a nicer house when we get to heaven because we had higher paying jobs on Earth. We aren’t going to get an extra high five from God because we got into the most prestigious college. God loves us as we are and for who we are, not who we present ourselves as to the world based on what we’ve accomplished or how we look.
This week, remember what actually matters. Remember what the Bible says about our earthly pursuits and our God-based goals. Don’t let a failure get you down and remember who God says you are!
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!