HTH: Chad Bird and “Do I Even Matter in This World?”


If you haven’t checked out Chad Bird, author of Your God is Too Glorious: Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places and Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul, you’re sorely missing out. We recently came across this article from his blog that rang pretty true as we considered our teenagers and their hunger to matter (not to mention, ahem, our own hunger to matter). Check out this excerpt:

“It begins early in life, this burden of being unnoticed and feeling unimportant. We envy the cool kids in school, the quarterback on the football team, or the pretty girls, because they get all the attention. Later, we envy the associate who gets the promotion. The colleague who wins the award. Or the former classmate who still seems to be the Golden Child of life.

And us? We live and work not in the spotlight of fame, but in the shadows of anonymity. Get up, go to work, take the kids to school, eat dinner, watch T.V., go to bed. Then hit “repeat” the next day. We are, by the world’s standards, boring. Ordinary. Just another face in the sea of humanity. Unnoticed, unexemplary, unfamous.

And, in that way, we’re just like God was during most of his earthly life.”

Read the rest of Chad Bird’s “Do I Even Matter in This World” here.


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