This video was posted on a Facebook youth minister page that I frequent. To be honest, I really liked it. I do not know anything about the editor, author, actor, writer, etc. But the story, while simple, uncovers a deep longing in all of us to be validated, to be told we matter, to be cared for and cared about.
Sometimes we push that longing back down and refuse to let it out. That longing to be validated is hidden by terms like, self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-determined. Yet it is still there deep inside, we all look for validation. I watch the longing in my daughters, looking back at me looking for fatherly approval. I see the longing in the students I minister to when they walk into a group of students and do what they think will be validated. I see the longing in the team I coach when a player makes a block and asks, “coach did you see that.” I see the longing in adults who climb the corporate ladder in an attempt to convince themselves they matter.
Yet all that striving and the video falls short of the true validation that comes from the stamp of the creator. The bible tells us “He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 1 Corinthians 1:22 (niv) What could be a better validation? “Owned by God” stamped on our soul. No superficial compliment about our looks, clothing, job or ability, will ever matter as much as that stamp. “Owned by God” is the only validation we truly need.
Yet we can be people who reveal the stamp for others. What if we validated people based on what God created in them? Instead of looks, we validate based on who they are. You are a child of God. You are the bride of Christ. You were created in Christ to do good works. You have Christ in you the hope of glory. You are more than a conqueror. You have a great ability to care. You have the passion of Christ in you. That list could and should go on. We do not create the stamp but we can choose to reveal the stamp in others.
Will you reveal others stamps? Or will you cover others stamps in an attempt to reveal your own?