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The Grand Illusion

The reality we see ourselves as inferior, or worse yet, someone else as superior is something many struggle with today.


These notions can be real and debilitating and they can be perpetuated by those around us. Because of this, we can begin to believe we are more or less than we truly are.


This is “the Grand Illusion,” because in the eyes of God, we are all the same. This is the great equalizer and if we allow it, can bring clarity to the fog this illusion can bring .


Yet, even I write this, I realize knowing we are all the same in the eyes of God and believing it are two entirely different things. The difficulty lies in the reality low self-esteem and people worship are byproducts of this “grand illusion” and the struggle is very real.


The question we will all wrestle with, at one point or another, is why do we struggle with who we are? The answer can be complex because there may be a myriad of reasons that lead to self-doubt and insecurity. Relational issues, economic woes and the like all can play a role in how we see ourselves. Perhaps we may find the answer to this question lies in our past where we may have been led to believe we are incapable or unworthy of more.


If so, we need to realize this has stifled our desire to achieve while promoting a view of ourselves we were never intended to have.


Equally as destructive is the other side of “the grand illusion “. Here is where we begin to elevate others to heights we feel incapable of reaching. From there, the illusion leads us to seeing these people as more than they are and more than we can be.


The fallacy is the reality the same people we tend to revere are struggling with their own issues and concerns. A major difference may be, they have mastered the ability of giving an illusion of confidence and strength in the middle of their doubt and fear.


In either case, one of the beauties of life is we can pause, reassess, and realize we are so much more than we think we are. To do so, we must start by believing we too are a masterpiece, crafted by the Master to accomplish and create our own masterpiece.


When we can embrace this truth, we will be able to move beyond the illusion that life is showing us.


So, how do we do this? How do we recognize and see past “the grand illusion “?


We do so by realizing all the diminishing factors we see are only as real as we allow them to be. When we do, we will have the power to identify reality from illusion and we will be able to become all we were created to be!


Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.



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