People of old said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name” (Genesis 11:4). These people wanted to build a memorial to themselves. They wanted to make a name for themselves rather than making God’s name great. This effort to prove their own self worth rather than God’s placed them in opposition to God. Talk about self-imposed stress.
You can fall into this same pattern when you attempt to make a name for yourself. It might work like this. Someone runs you down with words. You worry and fret about what this other person says. Of course it is a lie. However, you act as if it is true. Your life is guided by this lie. You fret over how you are going to prove yourself. Talk about self-imposed stress.
You also forget you should “do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). And so, when you attempt to make a name for yourself and to prove yourself, you neglect the greater duty of glorifying God. In this way you place yourself in opposition to God. This is the ultimate in self-imposed stress. It is needless. You should not believe the lie spoken against you. As a result, you should realize you have nothing to prove.
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