You Are Here to Make a Difference
It is not easy for me to take a compliment or say something good about myself. I was in counseling for quite some time before I could even say out loud “I matter”. The first time my counselor had me say it, I cried. I didn’t believe it. I did not feel like I mattered to myself or anyone else. It wasn’t because someone was mean to me or bad things had happened to me. It was what I believed of myself. Many people, do not think good things of themselves. Here are just 4 things God says you are:
Loved/Chosen – I am greatly loved by God. Col. 3:12
Forgiven – I am forgiven of all my sins & washed in the Blood. Eph 1:17
Fearless – For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Warrior – I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith. Eph 6:16
There are so many more things God says we are. I chose these 4 words because most of us do not feel this way at all. Even on a good day, I struggle with believing what God says about me. I don’t doubt God; it is me who has a hard time believing any one feels that way about me. But God said it in His Word that we are each of these things.
My friends, let this soak into your soul. You ARE chosen by the Almighty God because He loves you. He made you ON PURPOSE. He FORGIVES you of all your sins if you ask Him to. He has also made you a FEARLESS WARRIOR.
Another very important reason you matter because we have a purpose. Even though we have a diagnosis of a mental disorder or a lable of some kind, Romans 8:28 (NASB) says, “And we know God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
He will work things out for good. I believe with my whole heart that the things we go through are to help others when they go through them. We have felt alone at times, ashamed, or embarrassed but there is someone out there who feels the same way and needs help just like we did and do. That’s our purpose. That’s how we make a difference.
2 Corinthians 1:4 (The Message) says “He comes along side us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us along side someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.
That verse also says YOU MATTER. He has given us a purpose. Let’s use all the tools, ideas, and help others and God has given us to help someone else.
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