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I am nothing.


This is Day 27 of my 40 day Lenten blog.


How tiny I am. I am a small little nothing of a creature, on a small little nothing of a rock, revolving around a small little nothing of a star on the edge of an insignificant galaxy. Yet in my mind the entire universe revolves around me.


What can I accomplish of any significance? Nothing. Man thinks of ourselves quite highly, but in reality, all of our work, accomplishments, and victories add up to nothing. There is less wonder, complexity, and beauty in all of the great works of art, literature, and music combined, than there is in one tiny blooming flower.


I see a mountain range and marvel at its grandeur. But a mountain range is but a tiny speck on our insignificant planet and has no real bearing on the universe. I see a king or a president or a celebrity and think, wow, that is a person of importance. But there is nothing he will accomplish on this planet that will last. It will all pass away.


What then is the point of our existence? What should we work toward if not to be great and create great things, and live great lives? The point of our existence is the complete opposite of that. The point of our existence is to be small. We are to be humble and grateful and filled with awe and wonder! As Jesus tells us, we are to be like children. For there is only one in the entirety of existence who truly is great. And the best way to get His attention is to recognize how insignificant I am as compared to Him, to thank Him for making a little nothing like me when He had stars and galaxies to create, and to love Him for all the wonder and beauty that He is.


I am nothing, but the One that matters most loves me anyway. And because of His love and goodness, He is going to one day lift me and all those who love Him up to higher levels than we could have ever achieved on this earth.


Today's prayer: "Oh Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother's breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul." (Psalm 131:1,2).


R.C. VanLandingham lives in Florida with his wife and kids. He is the author of several books including the Christian fantasy books Peter Puckett & The Amulet of Eternity, Peter Puckett & the Enchanted Chalice, and Magdalene Hope & the Elves of Evermore.

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