“What does it profit a man if he gains the world, but forfeits his soul?”-Matthew 16:26
Usually before I begin a Bible journaling page, I Google the verse to gather ideas for how to illustrate it. There are some VERY interesting illustrations of this particular verse. I usually do my best to just share my own original work on my blog, but this picture gave me so much food for thought (it’s a poster from the Bible Baptist Bookstore.):
I think this is such an interesting interpretation. What strikes me is that I don’t desire anything in this picture: airplanes, cars, bags of money, trophies, etc. But then just the other day I shared my own list of personal obsessions. So I asked myself: “What if I made a vision board of all the ‘worldly’ concerns that I have personally?” Afterwards, I made a quick digital collage of pictures from the web and just looked at it for awhile.
As I stared at various pictures of life as Pinterest perfection, I heard a whisper: “What shall it profit a woman, if she can do it all and do it all perfectly with a smile, but forfeits her soul?” This made me pause. It’s not so much that I aspire to be tidy or responsible or fit that’s the problem, the real trouble is why: I just can’t help myself from caring about what others think of me. I don’t want to be the mom that forgets to sign the permission slip; or have my husband think I’m irresponsible because I forgot to lock the door; or visit the doctor and hear I need to lose weight ; or have neighbors walk in my house and think a crazy person must live here; or to sound stupid when I should know about something; or have someone important not be able to reach me. And the weirdest thing of all: more often than not, it’s not the people who matter most to me (my husband, children, dear friends) whose opinion I worry about. The sin is pride, right? (I took a class on the Enneagram and learned that I am a 2 or a helper, and that pride is the cardinal sin that gets us in trouble. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to me, but it’s never easy to look hard at oneself!)
Lessons from the reflection:
- Focus more on being rather than appearing
- Care less about what random people think and more about God’s view and also the opinion of those who love you no matter what.
- Do not attempt to be all things to all people; be yourself for God
- Let Jesus be the king of your life; Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness.
Here’s a quote I came upon while searching for images on this verse that really spoke to me (on Pinterest, of course!):
Our greatest fear should not be fear of failure, but of succeeding at things that don’t really matter.-Francis Chan
And here’s what found it’s way into my margins. I almost never paraphrase Bible verses because I really like to memorize them correctly, but I made an exception this time. I also used a little glitter and glue, something new….