Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cosmic Pie


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He doesn't care how great a person may be,and he pays no more attention to the rich than to the poor.
He made them all.

- Job 34:19 NLT -


Ever feel like you aren't good enough? 

Ever feel like there's this huge barrier between you and making your dreams come true? 

I do. And I think I've finally figured out what the problem is. (Maybe you've been struggling with this one, too?)

It's Cosmic Pie.

Cosmic Pie Thinking is the deeply held belief that there is one universal (cosmic) amount (pie) of awesomeness - that there is a measurable, FINITE amount of fulfill-able dreams, beauty, riches, humor, etc. And once someone has been served a piece, that category is no longer available to anyone. Cosmic Pie Thinking is essentially believing that life is one big Mrs./Mr. America competition. Only the very best and brightest will be awarded the much sought after MOST fill in the blank (beautiful, artistic, brilliant, funny, organized). And once that award had been given out, no one else can even qualify. 

Symptoms of this Cosmic Pie Thinking include (but are not limited to): desperation, hopelessness, urgency, pride, defeat, self-loathing, gossip, slander, restricted friendships (only becoming friends with those who you don't feel in "competition" with), resource-hoarding, depression, and anxiety.

Of course, the cure is simple: PUT DOWN THE FORK!!!!!! STOP SMELLING THE PIE!!!! FOR GOODNESS SAKE, SAVE YOUR APPETITE FOR THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!

But simple doesn't mean easy. 

For me to put down the pie, I'd have to actually believe that God loves me for more than what unique contribution I might bring to the world. I'd have to actually believe that God's love and grace are infinite - they will never run out - and he loves me regardless of how smart, beautiful, rich, successful, fast, wise, etc. I may or may not be. I'd have to actually believe that the challenges I'm going through in life are not a punishment for "not earning pie." I'd have to believe that your success is not my condemnation - God's will is far bigger than pie.

I'd have to believe that God vision is bigger than any pie I could possibly imagine. 
18Who says to a king, 'Worthless one,' To nobles, 'Wicked ones'; 19Who shows no partiality to princes nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the work of His hands? (Job 34:18-19 NASB)
We are ALL the work of His hands.

He's given each of us the whole entire pie. HE is the pie. He doesn't care if we are rich or poor, nobles or peasants. Nothing is standing in our way. 

Pray: Dear Lord, I'm tired of being in competition with the other parents. I'm tired of thinking that I have to do it as good as someone else in order to do it right. I want to trust that YOU are all the pie I need. Help me believe that I am the work of your hands and I don't need to worry anymore. Amen.

- Em

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