Our thoughts: God, I am useless. I have no purpose. I am unworthy to serve you. Why did you allow me to be born?
God’s response: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.” Psalms 139:13-15
Our thoughts: God, I’m a complete failure. Nothing I try to pursue ever works out. Will I ever find my calling? Will I ever find my purpose? Will I ever be successful?
God’s response: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Our thoughts: God, there are so many people on this earth that have much bigger problems than mine. You don’t have time for my smaller problems. I’m not important.
God’s response: “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7
We are a busy generation. We are working, going to school, raising children, trying to eat healthy, attempting to workout, maintaining a clean house, cooking, giving everyone their necessary time with us, etc. We are “so” busy, we are trying to maintain every single aspect of our lives, except ourselves. As we neglect ourselves over a long period of time we become weak (emotionally, spiritually, mentally). Due to the lack of upkeep of your internal self, soul, and mind we can start to feel lost…as if we don’t even know who we are anymore. At this point, we begin to feel useless, purposeless, and unworthy.
God disagrees with every negative feeling, statement, or thought you have about yourself. He looked at a you-less earth and said something is missing. I need to create “insert your name here” to complete this certain purpose that only they can do. You were formed in your mother’s womb for a you-specific purpose. Only you will be able to speak those words to touch that persons heart, only your prayer will bring that person their break through, only your encouragement can keep that person from taking their own life. Don’t neglect yourself. Don’t neglect your purpose. Don’t neglect the people God needs you to help. You are needed. You are loved. You are important. You are worthy.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Psalms 3:5-6