You Matter

You Matter

 

Do you remember the way it felt when that super-popular girl said you weren’t invited? The way your heart literally hurt when Kurt McClaine said he wanted to stay single for the rest of eighth grade.  That sophomore girl on the bus with the great hair who laughed at the new shoes you loved so much – the ones you thought might make you someone.

Do you remember the way it felt at your college graduation, hoping your dad might actually make time to come for once? The way your heart fell into your stomach when the crowds dispersed and he was nowhere to be seen.  Again.

Do you remember the ache that settled in the deepest place when he showed you the divorce papers? The shame that said you’d failed.  The fear about the kids and the house and that quiet voice deep inside that said you were never good enough and this shouldn’t be a surprise.

You wondered if that was the voice of God. You figured he looked at you and saw the same thing the popular girl saw, the same inadequacies your dad silently listed in his mind when he decided you were a failure, the secret you carried about not being good enough.

Today is the day of truth.

That wasn’t the voice of God.

All those thoughts about not being good enough, the fears about never measuring up, and the deep belief that you don’t matter – none of those thoughts are from God. God looks at you and sees his beloved child.  He sees his precious creation, and his love for you is tender, gentle, and welcoming.

He decided to prove how much he loves you a couple thousand years ago. He had this Son, and he really loved him.  He was pleased with him, in the way only a parent can be pleased with a beloved child.  But his plan was bigger than just sending a Son and letting him live among a broken world.  He longed for the companionship of his Son, but he let him stay.  And in his master plan, he ordained that his Son suffer, bleed, and die so that all the broken people could be forgiven.  He punished his Son instead of the people who actually deserved it.

This is how you can know you matter. God’s Son died for you.  No one in my life matters enough to send my son to die for them.  You are precious, and you were bought for a price.  May this be the truth to set your soul at ease today.  No matter how deeply you’ve been rejected, God hasn’t rejected you.  He reached out and sent living Love, and he bought you for a price.  Will you follow him and let him transform your identity?  You matter to him.

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About Stacey Pardoe

Stacey Pardoe is a wife, mother of two young children, writer, Bible teacher, and mentor. She is most passionate about walking closely with Christ and sharing his love with a broken world. Find out more about her at her website.

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  1. Why is it so hard for us to accept that God loves us? I think it is because we relate how He treats us to the same way we get treated by other people. When we go into His Word and focus on Him we can let His unconditional love shine through and accept what He has given us. We have to get past thinking He only loves us when we do what is right. Thank you for sharing these beautiful words.

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  2. It’s amazing how much encountering even a glimpse of his love changes everything about the way we see the world and the freedom with which we live. I’m glad these words were a reminder to you! I find that I need to remind myself on a daily basis.

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