As the paranoid driver behind them, and eventually next to, and in front of them, I watched with each screeching halt as the student nervously giggled and sneaked a peek in the rear-view mirror, discretely glancing to be sure his chuckling buddies in the backseat thought he was cool, and not inept.
I thought quite a bit about this student driver over the weekend. Something about him stuck with me. Something about him made me sad.
Maybe it’s just teenage antics, but it was sad to me that this boy was seeking a good time and peer approval by his obviously intentional and dangerous actions.
But IS it just teenage antics?
Probably not. Unless we’re all teenagers. Haven’t we ALL been guilty of some measure of this?
Have you ever focused more on what will grab the attention of others, than on living the life you were meant to live? Trying to get approval, acceptance- or maybe even love- from places you weren’t meant to find it? We can so easily lose track of who we were created to be, and instead wander aimlessly in a desperate attempt to be what our emotions or someone else tells us we should be… sometimes, even if it means stripping ourselves of our very moral backing. Excuses are made, judgment is thrown to the wayside, and we cast our pearls before swine, all for a chance to strip ourselves of a label we despise, and “belong” in the eyes of another.
But there is only one place you need to belong. And you already do.
You were thought through, perfectly created, fiber by precious fiber, for something special and unique. God has showered you with purpose, and the person you were created to be is just enough. There is no need to keep looking in the rear-view mirror for the approval of someone else. Embrace and live, instead, the days that were ordained for you from the depths of time.