If I could tell you one thing today, what would it be?
The weekend is coming and it’s been a week with some ups and some downs and we want to leave it on a good note, and so what could I say for today that might do that?
Here’s what initially comes to mind….
Don’t compare your battles to someone elses.
Oh, if you’re anything like me, you’ve maybe even done that already today. And when you do, one of two things happens.
It Becomes A Competition
Yep, it can become a game. Who has the biggest problems today. Who has worried the most, who lost sleep over it, who stopped eating the longest, no one has gone through the pain I’ve gone through. Our mantra for life becomes, “You think THAT’S bad, wait till you hear THIS!”
And pretty soon you’ve convinced yourself that no one understands, and now you can honestly say you’re all alone, and your pit you’ve dug for yourself is so deep you will never see the light of day again.
Well congrats. You’ve become the James Cameron of the Titanic of issues. You can declare yourself “king of the world!”
And we all know how THAT story ended.
I highly doubt we want that. Let’s look at the next option.
You Conclude Your Trouble Doesn’t Count
This was my approach for the longest time. It sounds like this,
“Lord, it’s been hard not functioning well for days, and all, and feel like the lowness will never end but what is my struggle to leave the house today compared to all the war-torn countries?”
Or it sounds like this, “Father, the depression taunts me all day today, and it makes me want to cry… but that lady on-line today who just lost her job, that’s a REAL problem, and I guess I’ll just hope for the best, since now I remember what a REAL problem looks like…”
Whew! Now we’ve got our perspectives right. If before, our hardships were Oscar worthy, NOW they’re the B roll. We’re the cuts on the editing room floor, we’re the fluff that just takes up valuable time and space. We’re not even worthy to line the director’s trash can with.
I could go on and on. If you look close enough and long enough, you’ll always find someone with hardships greater than yours. So we stop mentioning our own legitimate battles, we ignore when we ourselves need help, and we talk ourselves into being totally unimportant.
It’s often one extreme or another.
So what do I want to leave you with today? Two simple words.
It’s true. The complex things about you and the simple things about you. The big achievements and the small steps. The huge hurdles and the most delicate worries. The battles won, the battles lost, the battles lived right now. Your head. Your heart. Your soul.
You matter. That’s all you need to remember today. Write it on a dozen sticky notes and place them up around the house wherever you’ll see them. Tweet it, post it, text it, shout it. You matter!
The Bible says you matter to the Creator of the Universe and the Father of all Life. Look closely through scripture and you’ll see that He knit you together, He knows every hair on your head, He sees our comings and goings, we matter more than the sparrows He provides for, He takes us as His heirs, He calls us by name, and He never leaves us or forsakes us, despite what the world would have you believe.
We matter. Two words that speak something magnificent to our souls. Two words that can soothe, and comfort, and delight. Two words that will boost, and enlighten, and encourage.
YOU AND I MATTER.
That’s the one thing I can leave you with this week.
The best thing.
Never let anyone tell you different, okay? Good.
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If you had the chance to tell people just one thing, what would it be? I’d love for you to leave it in the comments below…