You are important.
You are unique.
You are yourself. There isn’t another you. No replicas or duplicates are running around with your fingerprints and DNA.
You are worth an amount so high that it can’t be measured. You have talents and abilities that are unique to only you. The way you see the world is a way that no other individual sees the world.
When you think about all the people on Earth and all the faces with different expressions and combinations of eyebrows and teeth and hair no one has your exact combination.
You are a masterpiece intricately woven together and crowned with purpose, dignity, and value. God intentionally picked out your personality and because you’re made in His image, He sees Himself in who you are.
When God made you He didn’t make a mistake. You weren’t born on accident and you’re not confined to the things about yourself that you don’t like. Maybe you think that you’re a screw up or that you can’t amount to anything, but that’s not true. You’re worth more than you think. Your screw ups don’t define you.
You’re not destined to make the same mistakes as your parents and your parent’s parents. You’re destined for greatness. When God sees you He sees promise and purpose, intentionality and a whole lot of love. You don’t have to be stuck in a cycle of defeat.
Your life has a purpose and a plan. There is a destiny that rests on your shoulders and that is planted in the soil of your heart to live a life that’s extraordinary. It’s up to you to tend to that seed inside you and see it flourish.
There are moments that may pass you by where you feel like no one sees you or that no one cares. God sees you. There is never a moment that passes by where His eye is not fixed on you. Not only does He see you, but He lives inside you. Not only does He live inside you, but He understands everything that you feel and think. He is the ultimate empathizer, the mega understander, and the most focused listener. When your heart screams, He hears it. When your soul weeps, He knows it. When your world is shaking, He waits to hold you steady.
There is redemption waiting in your brokenness. There is wholeness resting in the process of healing in your heart.
If you feel unqualified look at all the people throughout history that God used: a terrorist to be an evangelist, a murderer to set a whole people group free, a betrayer to start the spread of Christianity throughout the world, an adulterer to be named a man after His own heart and write hundreds of poems and songs that we read today. Your lack of qualification doesn’t sway God wanting to use you.
Not everyone will understand you. Not everyone will treat you with grace and respect. Not everyone will take the time to know what’s happening in your life before they talk to you this way or that way. Your job isn’t to people please. Your job is only to do your best to live at peace with others. If you’re doing your best, what more can you do? Stop beating yourself up. You’re not a mind reader, you’re not a pushover, and you’re not unimportant. Let your best be enough. Release the rest. I’ll do you one better: don’t resent others when they do this to you. The best revenge is forgiveness.
Here’s the challenge:
- You need to believe it.
- You need to work with the Holy Spirit to overcome what needs changing.
- You can’t give up or it won’t work.
All of these things start with Y-O-U.
God wants to do mega amazing things in your life, but He needs your permission and dedication to make those mega amazing things happen.
God wants to shape you to look more and more like Him, but He can’t push things into place and take things away unless you let Him.
God wants to help you break cycles and learn to forgive others, but unless you listen to Him and keep your heart open He can’t move.
He’s a gentleman.
He’s wild and honest and amazing and kind.
He knows the best way to communicate with you. He speaks your language.
His works are unprecedented and His heart is bursting at the seams with mercy.
His hope is alive and reflected in your very heartbeat. From your first breath and first cry to your first steps and first words He desired for you to know Him.
He resolved that nothing would keep you two apart if He had something to say about it.
His love for you traveled to the depths of hell and came back so that nothing would come between you.
He stands ready with His arms extended to you. He’s waiting to talk. He’s waiting to listen. He’s waiting to sit and be with you. You might want answers. You might want to argue. You may even be looking for a fight. He can take it. If there’s one person in the entire universe that can take anything you say and still love you just the same, it’s Him.
He’s not afraid of your questions (even your questions about Him).
He calms fears and rips away sin the minute you say “Forgive me.” He doesn’t hold off on grace or cut back on mercy. He doesn’t hold relief just out of reach and tease you. He’s the giver of good gifts. He gives freely.
He waits for you to come to Him. He’s ready, willing, and able. He’s the combination of the best things you’ve ever imagined.
He makes things better.
The offer is on the table to live a life of abundance and a life that is filled with communion with Him in the most personal and intimate way. Don’t be afraid of the work it requires to do better and be better. It’s worth it. It’s so so worth it. And you won’t be alone.
So come. Lay it all down and come. Surrender might look scary, but the freedom it brings is beautiful.
Open yourself up and work with Him.
Be refreshed in torrents of His goodness.
Be found in waves of His compassion.
Be washed in rivers of His mercy and released in His purpose for you.
He’s waiting (and dang, He’s excited to see you).
“The LORD waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them.” (Isaiah 30:18).
“He got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20)