By Madi Vachuska
Today’s culture sends a lot of mixed signals that can easily distort our views about what makes us a worthwhile person. Society says our accomplishments, test scores, material assets we have, and others' perception of us determine our value.
In an overly contorted world filled with grey lines, belittlement, and media saying our original body and thoughts aren’t good enough...
In a society stamped as the most narcissistic of its time in which we must compare and out shine one another…
Let's be culture changers.
Let's be rebels together.
Let's conquer the percentages and rise above the crowd.
Let's be the generation that realizes our value is independent of merit, achievement, perfection, and performance.
I recently read an article about vulnerability in adolescent development and the findings left me speechless; research found that 92% of middle schoolers surveyed reported that they thought social vulnerability with their friends was inappropriate.
Think about this in your own life: when was the last time you honestly answered the question “how are you?” We are inadvertently playing into a culture that says we must filter our lives to seem perfect and flawless in order to be accepted.
Let's wipe off the worldly makeup. If we allow others to see our 'behind the scenes,' we can be culture changers and create an environment that invites us to dive deeper – beyond a surface of jealousy and comparison.
Don’t you think that if we were more open, we would become more united? If we begin to connote openness with strength instead of weakness, we can change the conversation about where our value comes from.
Value isn’t something you can earn; no one deserves it more than someone else. You are already declared valued and worthy. You are not named by what you create; you are named by the One who intricately created you.