we tend to perceive our world and respond to it within certain constructs. Even within the extremes of pessimism and optimism there are variations in how we receive and disseminate information.
I was praying for our kid’s ministry the other day when, out of the blue, God says to me, “You are operating under lies. Change your perspective. Say, I am wanted. I am needed. I am loved.” So I repeated what He said to me. He said to say it louder. It was like a movie.
I tend toward looking at myself as ugly, fat, untalented, ridiculous. I tend toward seeing people respond to me as someone they don’t really like, an unessential part of the whole. I tend to see my gifts as weak, ineffective, silly. And at least on the surface, that would appear to be the truth.
But God’s Kingdom is so different than we perceive. He wants a relationship with all people, to love them and be loved by them. He created each of us as unique individuals that bring a wide variety of responses to the needs and issues of this world. And the world needs us. They need us whole, redeemed by Jesus’ blood, forgiven and able to forgive, broken and healed, finite and foolish. In all of our specific, ridiculous, amazing idiosyncrasies, we are sent to bear His name.
So maybe the Piston’s don’t need me as a starting forward. Maybe the New York Philharmonic doesn’t need me as their principal hornist. But the factory where I work, the church where I serve, the family that I lead, the God that I love wants me, needs me, loves me.
Say it with me.
I am wanted.
I am needed.
I AM LOVED!