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marbella3 65F
2228 posts
3/14/2019 3:40 am
Life Beyond Compare

Bible in a Year:

Deuteronomy 23–25; Mark :1–26
She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.”

Genesis 29:35

Genesis 29:31-35
In a TV program, adults posed as school students to better understand the lives of teenagers. They discovered that social media plays a central role in how teens measure their self-worth. participant observed, “[The students’] self-value is attached to social media—it’s dependent on how many ‘likes’ they get on a photo.” This need for acceptance by others can drive people to extreme behavior online.

The longing for being accepted by others has always been there. In Genesis 29, Leah understandably yearns for the love of her husband Jacob. It’s reflected in the names of her first sons—all capturing her loneliness (vv. 31–34). But, sadly, there’s no indication that Jacob ever gave her the acceptance she craved.

With the birth of her fourth child, Leah turned to God instead of her husband, naming her fourth son Judah, which means, “praise” (v. 35). Leah, it seems, finally chose to find her significance in God. She became part of God’s salvation story: Judah was the ancestor of King David and, later, Jesus.

We can try to find our significance in many ways and things, but only in Jesus do we find our identity as children of God, co-heirs with Christ, and those who will dwell eternally with our heavenly Father. As Paul wrote, nothing in this world compares with the “surpassing worth of knowing Christ” (Philippians 3:8.

Today's Reflection
In what or whom have you been striving to gain your value and acceptance? How does faith in Jesus open the door to your true identity?


MrsJoe 71F
10633 posts
3/14/2019 7:33 am

Some progress is great, but I wonder about many things like advanced cell phones and social media. Yes, they can be great, but for kids, self esteem is just one of the pitfalls. I wonder if we are turning a whole generation into little robots, attached to their devices?

Spring is here, it's beautiful outside. But let's sit on the computer and insult each other!