Maybe you can relate. Maybe you can’t.
Ever since I was a little girl I was taught the importance of hard work watching my parents. It was a way of life, either you worked hard or you didn’t have food on the table. The tenacity of my parents shaped who I am and how I seek to live my life today. Even though they lectured and taught me how to work hard, they never really had to say a word. Watching them sparked a mental note in my mind that I would work hard for myself and for my family because I did not want their same struggle. So I worked hard…early. I grinded and now looking back, I have accomplished things in life thus far that would make them proud. Work. Work. Work. Grind. Grind. Grind. Isn’t that the mantra of our society? Isn’t that the staple of the American Dream?
I have the utmost respect for people who know how to fight for theirs. Don’t get me wrong, hard work is a necessary ingredient for success. I’m a product of that and I’ve seen it played out in my own life. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you can’t.
However, when it comes to our spirituality and relationship with God, this same mentality does not apply. Us driven people want to be the best. We want to make a difference. We want to change the world. In fact, they call my generation the millennials, and we have been given labels such as “game changers,” “history makers,” and “world changers.” Yet, changing the world is not going to come packaged in the way we think it’s going to be like watching the generation before us grind and work so hard.
My heart breaks at this because I have seen many in my generation become disappointed and burnt out striving in their own power, so focused on trying to make a change that they lose sight of the One who put that desire in us. My generation…currently is the one generation that believes in God the less out of all other generations. Why is that? We are justice seeking, world-changing people. Why are so many of us falling away from the church? Falling away from God? One reason I believe is that we are trying to do it all.
The person who tries to do everything, will do nothing.
Why are we trying to be the hero in a story that already has one?
Guilty. That’s me. So this is death of heroism at its finest. Again, maybe you can relate. Maybe you can’t. I realize that we can do nothing apart from God. He created us and formed us. He gave us purpose and significance even before we could do something to “prove” it on this earth. So instead of resting in this truth, you and I become like this:
Driven, rather than Directed by the Holy Spirit.
Self-Sufficient instead of God-sufficient.
Trying in our own power instead of relying on His.
It gets a little more interesting. The Bible includes four Hebrew words describing “man” in the Old Testament, with only One describing man as a “hero.” It is found in Psalm 34:8 NKJV.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the MAN who trusts in Him!”
The Hebrew word for man in this context is “geber”….meaning hero. Who is a hero for God? Who is a hero in their generation? A person who trusts in the Lord!
Do you trust God? If you do, you’re a hero. ~ Marilyn Hickey