Sunday, July 24, 2011

Make Yourself?

When I pulled up Pandora this morning, I found this banner on the right side of my computer screen.
Compelling, isn't it? Makes you wanna go run a marathon or do a thousand push-ups or lift a car above your head. Nike's ad department knows how to write good copy.

But there's something more than a little unsettling about this ad. You are entirely up to you? I hope not.

I’m sure the writer of this ad wasn’t trying to make a theological assertion. I’m sure he or she was just thinking about selling shoes.

But it’s what we say offhand that shows what we really believe.

"But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart..." - Matthew 15:18

And really, what does it mean if I am entirely up to me? If I make my body, make my life, make myself? Does it mean I’m self-reliant, independent? Does it mean I’m happy?

No. If I am entirely up to me, I am entirely alone, entirely without help, entirely without hope. If I am entirely up to me, I am entirely without God.

When it comes down to it, that's a pretty dismal worldview, and it’s a pretty miserable way to live your life. It’s not empowering. It’s debilitating. It’s not inspiring. It’s an absolute deathblow.

We weren’t designed to rely on ourselves. Praise the Lord we don’t have to.


  1. Good point!

    On the other hand, do we get to choose what gender we are, what kind of hair we have, what family we are born into, what country we are born into?
    Some of these things can be changed of course, but sometimes you don't have a choice. Sometimes you have to accept what you are and what circumstances you are in. Therefore I am beyond grateful that I am not in control but God is!