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It's Not All Relative
by Tom Norvell
I have heard the phrase Its all relative most of my life, and was never real sure I understood what it meant until I began to look at my life in comparison to the lives of those around me until I began to notice how my perspective differed from others.
Students use the phrase, Its all relative. Some students are thrilled to see a C on their report card. Others will be satisfied with nothing below a B. Still others will be devastated with anything less than an A.
Golfers use the phrase, Its all relative. For a golfer like me to shoot in the seventies would be a dream come true. For some who play better than I do it would be a really good round. For a really good golfer it would be an off day. For Tiger Woods it would have the critics saying Tigers in a slump.
Businessmen and businesswomen use the phrase, Its all relative. Some are disappointed if they are not at the top of the ladder. Others want to be near the top. Still others are satisfied with making a good living.
The phrase, Its all relative may also be used to describe our tastes and choices in clothing, computers, houses, and restaurants. Some may even use it to describe their Christian walk. For some just being on a church roll is enough. Some want to be selectively involved in church life. Others are content with only a total commitment.
With sports, business, fashions, and some life choices, Its all relative may be appropriate as we explain who we act, how we feel, or to justify our motives. However, I do not believe Its all relative will be an acceptable response when we stand before God to give an account for our lives. In Mark 10:35-45, two of Jesus disciples are attempting to justify why they deserve certain prestigious positions in His kingdom. Jesus responds in verse 43, Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. In John 21, as Jesus describes Peters future, Peter turns to John and says, What about him? Jesus responds, If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me. Jesus seems to be making strong statements that in His mind Its not all relative. Some things are absolute. Some things matter more than others.
As you walk with God this week, pay careful attention to what He wants you to do, then try your best to do it. Because its not all relative.