Early in my life I craved acceptance. Acceptance from my parents, teachers, relatives, peers. This would drive me to seek approval from others, and upon entering my teenage years, I found myself determined to belong to a specific circle of peers. Desiring to feel accepted and therefore significant, I set to prove myself by excelling at my schoolwork. Although I did do well academically, there was still a void in my soul, no matter how hard I worked. The emptiness I felt fueled the uncertainty my life was not remarkable.
A scripture I’ve known for years states, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13-14, NIV) As I reread this, the portion which tells me God’s works are wonderful strikes a chord in me. In other words, His creation, which includes me, is wonderful!
Wonderful means “extremely good, marvelous, and astonishing.” That’s what I am in God’s eyes.
I see the largeness of the world around me and the smallness of man, and yet, I’m still valuable, worthy, and precious in God’s eyes. Yes, I’m precious in His sight. Do you remember taking comfort as a child in the song Jesus Loves the Little Children which ended in the words, “They’re all precious in His sight”? I am just one lone person, but Jesus took the time to die for my sins.
Matthew 6:26 (NIV) confirms our value with Jesus’ statement, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
Francine Rivers, in her book Sons of Encouragement, fittingly describes Aaron stating, “He felt small but not insignificant, one among many, but cherished.” The calling to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt did not go to Aaron, as it did to his brother Moses, but God did choose him as Moses’ mouthpiece to speak His Word. God established a purposeful assignment for Aaron. Likewise, the Lord has given each of us a different sphere of influence extending to our family, our neighborhood, our community, and beyond. As we tap into what God individually gives us to do within these areas, we grow in confidence and significance. Within our realms we have worth and validity, as we seek His will for our respective lives. There is nothing mundane about that.
Still immersed in my academic pursuits, it was during my college years I reached out to Jesus Christ. My Savior was patiently wooing me and waiting for me to figure out only He could offer the acceptance and give me the significance I longed for. He took and transformed my meager life into one of substance.
Father God, No matter how little my life seems at times, I thank you for choosing me and for giving me value and significance in your eyes. I also praise you for placing me here, for such a time as this, as a woman of influence within the realm you designed for me. Thank you for creating me as a wonderful work of yours. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Luke 12:6-7 (NIV): “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.”
Isaiah 43:4 (NIV): “Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you . . .”
John 1:12 (NIV): “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
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