October 22, 2010 | 10:56 am

Friday – Who is the god of your world?

If a god is something upon which we depend to find ultimate meaning and value in life, then who or what is the god of your world? If we think at a personal level, many things may seem to fit the “god” category. Some of us love our jobs and derive great personal value from the work we do. Some of us are quite accomplished in our careers, and our self-confidence is derived from our past successes. I don’t see any problem with this, and I wouldn’t count them as gods. It’s great to love our jobs and experience success. However, they can quickly move from great jobs to our gods when they become the sole measure of meaning and the basis upon which we value those around us. When this happens, a subtle change occurs. It is not just that we depend on them, but we begin to believe that everything depends on us! Unwittingly, we become the god of our own little world. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the responsibility of being the god of your world, then a little dose of humility may help. The basis of humility is simply this: we acknowledge that we are not God. I know it sounds like a simple thing, but it releases the pressure of thinking everything depends on us, and it opens the possibility that we can depend on God.