The Right Attitude
We have gone over the thoughts of our pride, the “Why would I?” and the “How can I?” But now we need to go into the self-pity party. The “I cannot do this because ________”. I’m too old, too small, too young, too poor, too fat, too thin, too ugly, too unimportant, too insignificant, and all the other excuses we give ourselves. I get that some situations can be debilitating, especially if you have a serious disease etcetera. But that does not mean you do not make a difference and have nothing to offer to others.
Let me start with whatever it is you feel, WILL NOT STOP YOU. Your choice will, but your inabilities will not. In the first chapter, I briefly went over how most people or even heroes, do not see what a big impact they make. So of course, you would also struggle mentally with this topic. But we were built for so much more. So, you literally cannot open a door, there are other ways you can help someone. I am not asking you to run into a burning building, I am asking you to smile at a stranger. Don’t have a smile? Thumbs up. Where there is a will, there is a way.
As for feeling unimportant or insignificant, God sent his ONLY son to die for YOU! While you were still a wicked person. That does not scream unimportant to me. If you have a child, this should surely hit you hard. Imagine loving your child so much, then sending them to their death to save others. YOU ARE IMPORTANT! YOU MATTER! You were fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalms 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. God is perfect, and he created you. Look at the mountains and the skies and the stars, you were made and formed in the womb by THAT SAME CREATOR. God does not make mistakes, and you are not an exception to that.
Prayer: God, forgive me for thinking one of your creations could be anything less than incredible. Show me your love and the plans you have for me. May you make my paths straight and reveal to me my importance to you, oh God. In Jesus name, Amen.
Now that you know your importance to God and to make a difference. Know that you are needed to create this change in the world. Every thread of a tapestry is needed for the whole piece to be complete and beautiful. You’re a single thread in this huge and beautiful art piece. Just because you cannot see the whole picture, does not make you any less important than every other thread.
But now, “How do I use this information to help my wrong mindset?” That is simple but hard. You know Gods word is the truth. So, then the verses about how he sacrificed his son for you, and that you were formed in the womb by him, should help significantly. If anything or anyone tells you any differently than that, it is the enemy. Rebuke him out of your mind and replace the thoughts with Gods truths.
I Could Not Make a Difference
This sentence often comes up to our minds because of the same lies satan whispers in our ears. (PS. I do not capitalize satan’s name, not a grammar error). You can make a difference, you can change the world with God’s help, you can set in motion a chain of events that could save lives. Let no one, including yourself, say to you otherwise.
You know who was “unimportant”, and “insignificant”? Or at least people thought…. David, the small shepherd boy who tended the sheep for his father. Even when Samuel saw his older, bigger, stronger brother, he said “surely this is the boy”. 1 Samuel 16:6-7 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” But he was not the one God wanted, David was.
Think about that verse for a little longer… God does not look at you like others do. WOAH! Maybe I am what the Lord is looking for then, I mean David was a small shepherd boy who was insignificant to others until he made a huge difference. Maybe God wants to do big things through you as well, but you have not given him the chance yet. David relied on God so strongly that when everyone was terrified of the giant man Goliath, he said I will take you out by God. Instead of “I am too small, I cannot fit the armor or wield a sword.” Instead, he relied on what God could do through him, rather than his physical state.
David said this to the Giant Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:46-47 This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.” I may not be a phycologist but that sure does not sound like fear from David. I would also like to make an emphasis on the fact it says, “THE LORD will deliver you up into my hands”, and “For the battle is the Lords”. NOT, “You’re on your own kid”
God used this tiny boy to do HUGE things, and this is just the beginning of David’s life. He goes on to do so much more through God. When we allow God to use us, we allow the impossible to happen through us and to us. Still, think you cannot do great things? The whole world and you may think you are too small or unimportant, but God has bigger plans than that. Its who’s in your heart that counts.
Prayer: God, thank you for forming me in the womb to be whom you called me to be. I pray you would reveal your dreams and plans for my life. I pray that your will would be done in my life and that I would be a light through you God, in this dark world. Use Me God for your will and your glory in Jesus name, Amen.
This is part of Chapter 3 of my new book Changing the World by Making a Difference, coming out soon. If you’re excited about the book or liked this article, please like, share, and follow.