How Significant am I?

Aug 15, 2014 3013

by Bilyana de Soto

How do I measure my significance in my family, in my school or church or city or country, or for that matter in the universe? Is it by my physical attributes such as good looks; perhaps it’s through my talents as a singer, an artist, a writer, an athlete or a scholar; or what about my ability to earn big and live in a certain part of town and drive a certain kind of car. But isn’t there always someone better looking? Someone driving a better car? Someone who’s overtaken my wealth status? “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” (Eccl. 1:2)

The Hubble Space Telescope site estimates there are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe. A recent German super-computer simulation estimates that the number may be as high as 500 billion, with many older than the Milky Way. In that vast cosmic landscape how significant is the pale blue dot called Earth? You and I hardly register as an atomic spec of animation on that dot. Are we not but on a momentary parade on a fraction of that dot, here one moment and cosmic dust the next?

So where do I go to find out if I have any more worth than a spec of cosmic dust?

When I think of how He came so far from Glory,
Came and dwelt among the lowly such as I;
To suffer shame and such disgrace,
On Mount Calvary take my place;
Then I ask myself the question, “Who am I?”

Who am I that a King would bleed and die for?
Who am I that He would pray: “Not my will, thine for?”
The answer I may never know,
Why He ever loved me so;
That to an old rugged cross He would go,
For who am I?

If the preciousness and the size of the gift has anything to do with how significant and valued you and I are, then what greater gift could God have given us than Himself. That makes the little blue dot the most loved place in the universe.

Bilyana De Soto

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