“You Matter”

(Luke 12: 6-7, NLT) 6 “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. 7 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

Sometimes I get to feeling lost — insignificant.  I think it is within our human natures to desire, in our own ways, to be noticed and deemed worthy of love and affection.  We like getting “pats” on the back, and gaining recognition for the things we’ve done well, and more than anything, we crave attention and approval from the people that matter the most to us.  So, naturally, when we don’t get that, we are left feeling lonesome and under-appreciated. 

I grew up in a large family, the middle daughter of five children, and though my parents were very loving and present in our lives, I often felt lost in the mix.  Part of that is just who and how I am as a person.  Somewhat of a wallflower, I often feel as if I could simply fade into the background and no one would notice or care.  Surely, this is a lie from the lips of the devil, as I know in my heart that there are many people who love me and value me as a part of their lives, but I can tell you this:  the devil will quickly find your biggest weakness and that becomes the central focus of his scheme against you for your entire life.  For me, my own struggle with worthlessness has been, and remains, my biggest hindrance in life. 

Feelings of insignificance start so small — with a hurtful word spoken, with a cold shoulder turned your way, with rejection.  Maybe you are like me, and you can still hear hurtful words echoing in your mind — you can still feel that pain and rejection even after decades have passed.  Please know today, and let yourself be encouraged by the fact, that though these things leave scars and cause us to withdraw at times, they are not from God.  These things come from people — who are hurt, who are flawed, and who have much to overcome in their own lives.  People will fail us from time to time — that’s just a given — but we can be encouraged today and every day that God — who knows and sees all, and who has numbered each and every hair that will ever grow from our heads — He sees us in every moment of our lives.  Please, know this and never forget:  YOU MATTER.  In fact, you matter so much, that God gave up the most precious part of Himself — Jesus — to serve as the sacrifice for your failures.  You matter so much, that He was willing to leave a part of Himself here — His Holy Spirit — so that you never have to feel alone, so that you can experience perfect peace, and so that you can forever be directly connected to Him — your Heavenly Father.

So, no matter how people have caused you to feel…you matter.  You are important — an integral part of the body of Christ!  So when you feel unseen and cast aside, you must remember that the God of all Creation has his eye on you, and you are His treasure — irreplaceable, beautiful, and priceless — worth so much more than you could ever know.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for this loving reminder that to You I am significant and prized.  When I feel lonely and passed over, help me to remember that YOU see ME.  I am valued.  I am loved.  There is no greater thing in this world than that.  Thank You, God, for Your unfailing love for me.  I don’t deserve it, but I receive it.  Amen.

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