Friend, do you ever feel like you’re invisible? Or you’re forgotten? Or you are unimportant or just a number? If you’re anything like me, you may even wonder some days if you matter at all.
You’re in the middle of an important conversation with a friend, and mid-sentence, her phone rings and she answers it. Umm, hello??
The guy on the other side of the checkout counter didn’t even look at you, let alone talk to you. But he did take your money for the groceries you purchased. Nice.
Your friends got together to share a meal, but they didn’t invite you. Really?
An approaching car slipped into the parking spot you were waiting to take. Seriously?
These are the moments we can feel left-out, less-than, insignificant, and inferior.
It’s when these situations happen that the enemy of our souls begins his whispers.
“See, you are forgotten.”
“No one notices you.”
“You are invisible.”
“No one wants to hang out with you.”
“Someone else is more important than you.”
“You don’t matter.”
And if we listen to these whispers, these lies, the enemy has us. Right where he wants us. Defeated, deflated, discouraged. The thing is, once we listen to them, we can’t help but start to believe them. And if we believe them, well, then these lies become our reality. Friend, that’s a shaky and scary place to live in.
So, what do we do?
We start by believing truth, instead.
Truth that you matter. Truth that I matter. We matter to the One Who created us, who formed us in our mothers’ wombs. And because He created us, we matter to Him. We matter to the One Who matters! Take a look at these truths:
I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born.Isaiah 44:2a CEV
You see all things; You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb; Every detail of my life was already written in Your book; You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.Psalm 139:16 VOICE
When we believe God’s truth, instead, that becomes our reality. That is the source from which we live. God’s truth in how we matter to Him allows us the gift to see ourselves the way He sees us. No matter how we feel or how others treat us. No matter if we feel forgotten or insignificant as the result from another’s actions. You and I can rest in the truth we matter.
Friend, you matter.
The cool thing is, this isn’t really about us at all. It’s not because of anything you or I have done, but because of what God has done in us. It doesn’t matter what junk we’ve carried, or are currently carrying with us. And, despite what we’ve done, continue to do, or don’t do, you and I still matter to Him. Always have. Always will.
You are His beloved. You most certainly matter.
So, the next time someone steals the parking spot, or forgets to invite you, or doesn’t seem to notice your presence, take heart. Be reminded. You matter. To your Creator and to me!
And for some added reinforcement, take a moment now and do a search on Bible verses about how you matter to God. Write them down and tuck them in a place where you can pull them out the next time the lies surface. Counteract the lies with God’s truth.
You matter to God, and that’s all that matters. Amen!
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