God's majesty and power can be seen in the intricacies of His creation. The average human body has about 30 trillion cells. Each cell is designed with a purpose and God took great care in making humans. As small and detailed as each cell is, also think about the size of the universe. The sun if it were hollow could hold over 1 million earths. The sun is one of over 100 billion stars in our galaxy. The galaxy also contains more than stars. It contains nebulae-which consist of the same stuff as stars but spread out over a much larger region of space. The Rosette Nebula is estimated to be more massive than 10,000 suns. The detail, size, and scope of creation is beyond our understanding! God created all this and spoke it into existence. Psalm 33:9a states, For He spoke, and it came to be. Truly awe-inspiring!
God’s creation was designed to give glory to God. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1. Christians know that we as well are designed to give God glory. We can strive to live out God’s love in our lives because of the great love we have received. God will provide us direction and encouragement as we try to make the most of each day by serving God with all our heart, soul, and mind.
We can rely on the power and strength of God through our whole life. When we keep God’s Word in our hearts and minds throughout the day it changes everything. Believing in God as our Lord and Savior can affect all aspects of our lives. God knows everything about us and cares about us. He wants to help and guide us.
What are core values that everyone should aspire to live out? To answer this question, I came up with what I call, “The three G’s.” The first “G” is for God. Faith in God is the most important. Because of His love we have eternal life in heaven and can show this love to others. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. God’s love can affect everything that a Christian does. This is the basis for all things and gives power and meaning to the next two “g’s.”
The second “g” is for a growth mindset. This is a belief that your basic qualities and abilities are things you can cultivate through effort. In other words, you can learn and improve through hard work and perseverance. God has given all of us wonderful bodies and minds that are capable of learning new things and improving. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14.
The final “g” is for grit. Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals. Hebrews 12:1-2a describes this perfectly. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. It is all about Jesus. God’s love can fuel our passion to assist others and help us stay committed to His Word for our lives. Christians know that the long-term goal is life everlasting in heaven. We want as many people as possible to persevere in the faith to join us in heaven. President Jimmy Carter summarizes this view well. “I have one life and one chance to make it count for something…My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.”
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Christian, author, and professor of mathematics education.