Listening in terms of the Value a person puts on their own life

Better to live your life worthy of being listened to and cut your losses if not, than to require people to listen and be deemed unworthy.

If you live in a way that allows for discomfort and acknowledges that all people will struggle here and there, then who can say your life doesn’t have value? Better yet, so long as you can acknowledge that other people’s perspective alone does not carry the full weight of the truth, isn’t it just better to live your life in a way that would be something God could be proud of? If God speaks of all people to the Devil like he talks about Job in the beginning of the Book of Job (2:3), saying that “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason” (NIV, Source:, Today), wouldn’t you want to struggle your best to let others see God in you, against your own ego?

The idea is that you cannot make yourself better, but you can allow God to transform your life through how he works in the world, inside of you, in insights gathered from others, etc. It may be abstract to some, but I want to live in a way that would make God proud of me, and know it through the love that I see in others.


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I am a second-grade teacher and pastor-to-be who loves people. I spend my weekends with friends or wandering the museums of DC alone and with a journal, trying to put words on the places of the soul that still feel wordless. I spent most of my days at school trying to learn patience through my students and running on sheer nerdy passion. I follow Jesus Christ, and savor that as my most important identity--that I am a child of God, as are infinite others, regardless of their other identities. Christ is my one thing.

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