What's Your Currency?? - February 1, 2013
We live in a world where "currency" is our commodity. What is YOUR currency?
A commodity is something you use to get other things: comfort, safety...wealth. Whatever you think you might need, you need some sort of "currency" to get it. Recently model Cameron Russell opened up about her life as a model. She acknowledges the glamor of it, but also dishes about the downside:
"I am insecure. Because I have to think about what I look like every day. If you ever are wondering, 'If I have thinner thighs and shinier hair will I be happier?' you just need to meet a group of models because they have the thinnest thighs and the shiniest hair and the coolest clothes and they're the most physically insecure women on the planet."
It makes sense. When a woman is valued primarily for her physical appearance, it can be easy for her to believe that her beauty is her only form of currency. (Eloise Sole, Shine Magazine, c. 2013)
The downside to modeling, especially if you are going to be successful at it, is that you are ever and always focusing on...YOU. How do you look? How do others see you? Do "they" know what you are REALLY like??
These types of thoughts can trouble anyone, supermodel or not. When we focus our energies on what the "others" think of us, we will be in a continual struggle to be what we may not actually be. That, my dears, takes a large toll on us as human beings.
Jesus said, "Come unto me all ye that weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
He knew that we, as humans, would be in a constant struggle to measure up to one another; and, most likely, be found wanting. We cannot, no matter how hard we try, be all that others would like us to be. Some people need us to stay the same...some need us to CHANGE...and some just need us to fill their own needs: And the requirements for "us" can change with the wind.
How do you get what you want? Do you try to please others to get their approval? Do you indulge yourself in things that distress you, in the effort to take care of yourself? We all do these things from time to time, and understandably so. We are frail, at best, in a world that is "constantly changing" as the Young Rascals group sang about in their hit tune, "How Can I Be Sure?"
"How can I be sure/in a world that's constantly changing
How can I be sure/where I stand with you?"
In effect, what is your currency?
It is designed by our Creator that our currency would be, very simply, what He did for us and what He thinks of us. Remember, God is not a man, or a woman for that matter...He is Spirit...and He is truth. He knows who you are, and loves you: Not because you did good, or because you've failed: He loves you because He created you, and His love desires expression in that which He creates.
It is a tremendously liberating currency to hold, and it cannot be taken away, or stolen by thieves or rust, time or distance. And, when you hold this type of currency, you can, and only have to...be YOURSELF.
Your true, authentic self.
The freedom from what others think of us is liberating indeed. In Christ, we can stand in that very place of freedom, because what we long for has already been paid in full: Redemption by His blood, forgiveness by His will, and freedom to be only and all that He requires. You won't have to strive for this: It is who you were made to be!
Bear in mind, the road to this type of freedom is not always easy, and therefore not everyone takes this road. Nonetheless, for those who do, they find access to the true wealth, or currency, that we were meant to have. Maybe it would be better termed an "investment." With investments, you pay into something that will pay off in the end! (I don't like to think of God as a banking system, but sometimes that analogy is the only one that works!)
Be HIS. Be YOU. Be FREE......