“I’ve got to prove myself.” “But why?” “Didn’t you her, Joe? Why that so and so, why did he have to talk about me that way in front of the boss? I’ll show them both. I’ll prove my worth.” Sound familiar? We all find ourselves in situations in which we feel something false has been said about us. How do we react? We act as if the falsehood was true. Then our lives are guided by that lie. We attempt to prove ourselves. In the midst of it all, we experience stress. We are anxious. We worry. We have to prove our worth over against the lie that was told about us. So the stress mounts. It controls our lives.
We should flatly reject such lies and never allow them to control us. Here is our first mistake. We begin to worry over that lie, we forget “Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment” (Proverbs 12:19). As we begin to worry over the lie, the stress mounts and we react. We get angry. We want to set the record straight. Here is our second mistake. The Bible says, “The anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). Nothing increases stress like anger.
As the tension mounts, we attempt to prove ourselves to make a name for ourselves. This is our third mistake, we set ourselves against God. The real reason for our existence is to “do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). We stand opposed to the central reason for our existence. We attempt to make our own name great. Talk about self-imposed stress.
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