We’ve got some train tracks near our house. There’s two sets actually. They are far enough away that you can ignore them pretty easily, but close enough that there is no problem hearing when a train comes by. They cross a road around the corner so the whistle is a give away. Sometimes when I’m outside and its quiet I can hear the bells on the crossing gate even before any train noise. If Gorgeous is around, I’ll try to impress her by saying, â€œTrain’s coming.â€
I’m not sure she’s impressed. But its got me thinking. How often do I do things that really bring no other value to the table other than my attempt to impress someone?
There’s a passage in Proverbs that one translation says this way:
Pride first, then the crash, but humility is precursor to honor.
How many of us are approval addicts? Looking to find our value in the opinions of others?
How many times are we thinking of some impressive fact to throw into the conversation rather than listing to what the other person is saying?
Here’s another interesting thing about trying to impress others.
It can actually hurt our performance and hold us back.
How so? Well if we are comparing ourselves to others and what they are doing as our standard, simply doing better than them in order to impress someone may in fact be less than our best effort.
The bottom line is that we can only really find any kind of fulfilling significance from God, not in impressing other people. It kind of takes the pressure off. Can you imagine God ever being impressed by anything we were to do? So we don’t have to try.
And the good thing is God values us already. We don’t have to impress Him. He’s done the heavy lifting for us already.
God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much (Colossians 1:13)