DayBreaks for 4/12/16 – Our Most Innate Need
Have you ever heard of Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs? It was the work of psychologist Abraham Maslow in which he attempted to explain what humans need in order to reach full self-actualization. It is often presented in the shape of a pyramid with physical needs at the base of the pyramid, then working upward through safety, love/belonging, esteem and finally, self-actualization (being all you were meant to be) at the pinnacle of the pyramid. The idea is that each of the lower levels must be achieved before one can “grow” to the next level. It is interesting and holds a certain amount of truth to it, I suppose.
But, not everyone agrees with Maslow. Pat Morley suggests something quite different: that the most innate need humans have is to feel/be significant.
It is interesting that there are many who believe that Christianity only makes people feel small and insignificant because of the focus on a huge, great God that is not only omnipresent, but omniscient and omnipotent. And indeed, contemplating a Being like that should rightly make us feel small – until we get to know Him better.
There are three things in Christianity that I think address this most innate need (according to Morley).
FIRST: God created us in His image, not in the image of a stone or caterpillar. Most people believe that humans are of infinitely more value than a cow or sheep or snake. They may not know why, but I believe it is because there is a human intuition and nature that responds to its Creator and knows that it is in some way like our Creator. And that gives us value. And not only were we made in our image, but His love for us made Him take on our likeness to rescue us!
SECOND: people need a sense of destiny – a sense of purpose. If I am to believe what many in the world suggest is the case about humans, life is nothing more than a series of chance encounters – much like atoms that bang against each other but with no greater purpose or calling. If that is true, there is no real meaning in work or relationships – they are just random collisions of mortals doomed to die and rot and turn back into dust again. There is no legacy in such a life.
THIRD: The futility of a life lived in the deep belief that we are nothing more than chemicals and electrons that will just revert to nothing more than elementary particles and our consciousness and identity are no different than that of a snail or slug is truly depressing. In such a world, what purpose can there be in existence? But God says He has a plan for us, for our good and not harm, and that our destiny is to live in an eternal body, in an eternal place, engaging in eternal relationships and nothing but joy! That kind of a future speaks to a huge purpose that God has for us – HUGE.
Remember today: you are not nothing. You are not snail slime. You are made in the image of God, He has a purpose for you and your life, and He has an eternal plan for you! Isn’t that something incredible!!!!!
PRAYER: Thank You, God, for giving our lives meaning – and hope! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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