Ever feel unwanted – unneeded – unnecessary?
Breaking news: it’s universal. From the orphan on the streets in slum city, to the aged widow alone and love gone, to the overwhelmed mom trying to keep up. The one out to deceive blinds us to our worth, our sense of place, our gift. Instead we see — our neighbor with the new car or remodeled kitchen, our friend with the perfect children or marriage, or the model in the ad with flawless skin and tiny waist.
Losing sight of true life we begin to fall for the label ‘unwanted’.
I once knew someone who thought she was an ‘accident’. Even her name made her think she was unwanted. As an adult she shortened her middle name and moved far away from her beginnings. Labeled early she struggled to feel worth, to see how adored and loved she was. She fell for the lie. Late in life she accepted a new name: Christian. Now her name was written in the Book of Life for all time. And worth was based on whose she was not who she thought she was.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2Corinthians 5:17 NIV) and “To him overcomes…I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” (Revelation 2:17 NIV)
We lose sight of just how valuable we are – more valuable than beauty, than intelligence, than power and bank accounts. For it is the ones who find their worth in the One who gave His life for theirs that find true life. They shed all labels except the one that says ‘I am His’
This is truth for when the feeling of less than creeps near… “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28 NIV) Rest and know you are cherished, you are His shining light, you are called to be just where you are and there is purpose in whatever the circumstance. Safe in His hand forever…
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