Thursday, August 30, 2018

You matter

Have you ever had one of those days or weeks where you just feel insignificant? The world seems to go on around you, and you go unnoticed. Do you sometimes wonder why you are on this earth, if you have a purpose, or what is the meaning of your life? These questions may seem a little philosophical, but I think we all wonder this at times. For some of us, life goes on around us feeling chaotic and moving fast. It can get overwhelming as we try to juggle the many tasks we have to complete in a day. Alternatively, for others, we don’t have many tasks, and instead we have slow, lonely days, many of which are empty.

Our mistakes and regrets can also beat us down and can make us feel as if we can’t possibly have a purpose. We assume that people may just look at us and see what we sometimes see: an uncertain path, a lack of direction, an outsider, a lost soul, a nobody.

You may or may not be that professional with a career, that celebrity, that stay-at-home mom, that homeless person, that single or elderly person who lives alone, that addict, that politician, that pastor, that server, or that cashier. The thing is that whatever walk of life you are in right now, whether healthy or unhealthy, your life is significant. Even when you don’t feel significant to anyone else in this world, you matter to God. He says “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3.

At times, the stressors of this life can beat us down to the point that we fall. When we are down and feeling defeated, it is then that we need to look up and ask God for help. He longs to reach down, and wrap His arms around us, pick us up off the floor, dust us off, and give us a new heart. His love for you and me is unconditional and life-giving. He loves us and knows us so intimately that He knows how many hairs are on our head.  In Luke 12:6-7, Jesus says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Anytime you are have a moment of feeling insignificant, remember you are worth a lot to God. You are worth so much that He sent Jesus for you. He longs to surround you with His love and offer you a bright future. You just have to ask Him for help and believe that you matter to Him—because you do.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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