In my years of stumbling over obstacles, brushing myself off and starting over again, I’ve come to the conclusion that my life may not have seemed important to me, but God knew me before I ever came to be. He created me with special talents, gifts and a sense of humor. All of those things are positive when it comes to discovering who you are.
The world is constantly telling us how we deserve special treatment. We’re worth it. That isn’t always the case. There are so many individuals out there who feel they have no value to society. They aren’t equipped to handle the challenges that come their way. They retreat. They stumble. They fall. They turn to things which will numb their pain and do whatever is necessary to make themselves look good in the eyes of the world. Every claim about our self worth is taken advantage of by the father of lies.
In the beginning, when all this sin thing got started, he was there telling Adam and Eve that they deserved to be like God. He made them doubt their Creator. He set a trap for them, based on their own self worth.
The same thing happens today as teens surrender to peer pressure – as children fight for attention on the playground, the classroom or at home. As they get older the fight for self worth calls to all who enter the work place. There is competition all around. There is hatred, envy and jealousy in every stage of life. Even when we should be enjoying our final years, we often compare ourselves with someone else. We naturally push back when we don’t make the grade. We blame others for our failures rather than admitting we were wrong.
These feelings are a result of our sinful nature. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get a do-over? If we could jump in a time machine and race back to the Garden of Eden and tell those first human beings to listen to God alone. That first sin may not have happened and all would be right with the world.
There is an even better plan, which was laid out for every individual who experiences the breath of life. God has scripted the whole thing before He created the world. He knows before it happens. He has arranged it all with our best interests in mind. Why? I mean, who are we to expect special treatment from the Creator of the universe?
Every life is important to God. He crafted us in our mother’s womb – not only with eyes that work and ears that hear, but with a heart and mind that can make decisions and still discover what He has planned for us. If we allow Him to, we will see not what we deserve, but what He has so graciously given us through His Son, Jesus. If He thinks we’re worthy of a heavenly home, he will certainly be with us through this short time on earth. His love endures forever.