Based on Based on I Corinthians 15:1-10
I’m writing this meditation – as a confessed “news junkie” – after watching a 2017 year-end recap of the first year of the Trump Presidency. Beyond the mild nausea induced by his antics, I was struck by one thing in particular – in spite of his scowling arrogance, mean “tweets,” trolling and insults, Donald Trump is very needy and insecure. Forty years of ministry and a background in behavioral science tell me so.
His claim that all he does has to be the biggest and best ever, his lashing out at those who question his ability or legitimacy, his need to be surrounded by those who praise him and his inability to express even a shred of humility or to share a bit of self-deprecating humor tell me so. Beyond the bluster, he’s actually a pitiably small and scared person who – deep down – probably fears that he’s not worthy, and his unpredictable efforts in office to prove his worth are downright dangerous to our nation and world.
Although it’s hard for most of us to admit, there’s a little bit of “Trump” in the best of us. The need for affirmation and assurance of self-worth is a very human thing, and many people pursue those things regardless of the cost. Too many good people spend their lives caught up in the quest for prosperity, well-being, admiration and self-respect by any means necessary. Doing so can leave the best of us feeling incomplete, stressed, pressured and uncertain.
That’s why it’s good to have a relationship with the God Who created us and Who “became flesh” and dwelt among us as The Christ Whose birth we celebrated a few days ago. When we look to and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, we can find completeness in life that this world can’t provide and that we can’t find in the affirmation of people who can easily praise us today and put us down tomorrow.
We can then find joy and security in life’s simple things, find affirmation and satisfaction in what we do for others – not because we’re forced to but because we want to – and find the blessed assurance to believe that whatever we have to face in life, we never walk alone.
Trust in and serve the Lord today. You may not be praised, you may not be famous, you’ll have your share of life’s inevitable setbacks, but you can still walk life’s journey not with fear, but with faith, saying as the Apostle Paul did, “By the grace of God, I am what I am.”