When you think of the word “title,” what comes to mind? Maybe the name of a book, a level of power, or a presentation of someone’s interest?
Someone’s title means a lot in today’s age. Titles that individuals hold like director, president, executive specialist, and even acronyms in place of a title because of its prestige. These titles can get intimidating cause us to wonder, “what am I doing with my life or if she can be the CEO, why am I not?” The glamour and lack of privacy in people’s lives can leave us so discouraged, feeling discontent and bad about our own life. We have all felt less than someone else, not good enough, and even ashamed of the difference that seems to proclaim its importance.
Our thoughts are quickly stopped and reminded that “I shouldn’t feel this way, I have God, and they probably don’t” does this sound familiar? Sometimes we can use our title as a Christian to make ourselves feel better but maybe not in the way that is proclaiming our true satisfaction of Jesus being enough than anything else.
So I ask you, what makes a title better than others? Is it the positive recognition, salary, or outward appearance? Should it be these things, or should it be the title’s purpose, morals, and long-term gain? Our flesh screams the first three factors, but that voice in our head reminds us not to fall into a worldly state of mind. Is it wrong to desire a title that we don’t hold? The more important question is if the title God has given us all we need to be satisfied. We all have different callings, skills, and paths. Each one is designed for use with blessings and experiences that God sees fit for our lives. We shouldn’t be envious if we are delighted with who God wants us to be. A side note to that is making sure we are following what God wants from us! Not being scared and listening when he wants us to step outside of our comfort zone. God wants us to use the gifts he has blessed us with, and no matter what our title is, he will present a way for you to use those gifts in the way that best honors him.
I think it’s important to remember that what we see as the best thing for ourselves is often far from what is best. As humans, we don’t see all the possibilities because tunnel vision gets in the way. God always sees the big picture because he has created it. Therefore, our title as a christ follower should be the part of ourselves that is most exciting, most sought after, and the most fulfilling role we play. Sometimes it’s tough to see how vital our title is in whatever way God has set for us. Using a title to feel better about not having an opposing one makes us feel better for a moment but leaves us still craving what we don’t have. Instead, be immersed in joy for the chance to be in a position where you know God and can indeed be satisfied with your title as a child growing in complete faith with him.