Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-
Happy Tuesday! It’s Spring Break 2K17 for me and I am in my hometown of Greenville, SC. I love this city but all of this idle time is not doing great things for me. I got to thinking this afternoon, as I was wasting my life away in front of the TV and on social media: How many people feel unnecessary? Like their existence is not meaningful? I remember feeling unnecessary for an extensive period of time, like if I dropped off the face of the Earth, no one would care.
There is nothing worse, then feeling isolated, invisible and alone. Such a horrible concept to randomly think about, right? Kind of..but I believe that these thoughts are real. We live in a world where everyone is perceived to be happy, to be content. We have Facebook friends but lack true friends. We’re InstaFamous but no one knows who we truly are. We have the good looks, the stellar resumes, and the amazing connections. Yet, we cannot find jobs, build meaningful relationships or seem to be able to share our soul with another. This is going to sound super harsh, but even our churches are filled with individuals who hear about a God of community each week, yet they are filled with depression and feel utterly alone. I remember moving to Columbia, knowing no one. When I first joined the ministry I am at now, I felt like an outsider and alone. I went from a super close-knit church community to having no one at church that I felt comfortable sharing my life with. So I know from first hand, that even in the House of God- you can feel utterly alone.
When one starts to spend so much time by themselves, they begin to believe that their presence means nothing to those around them. Sometimes, I think to myself- if I moved to a different country and said goodbye to no one, would anyone care? Would anyone miss my presence? Am I as invisible as I feel? Are my ideas, dreams, cares, desires, ambitions and goals necessary for the Earth in this time? Am I necessary? I believe that we find our worth in the Creator and to Him our presence is necessary for the Earth. The Lord has need of us… I remember a passage of scripture (Luke 19:28-40)about a colt that was minding its own business when Jesus sent the disciples to get the colt for a special mission: Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. I bet that when the colt opened its eyes that day, it had no idea that Jesus was going to request its services but that’s exactly what happened. When the disciples went to fetch the colt, they told the owner “The Master has need of it..” and the colt was given to the disciples for Jesus. Yep, we are so much more advanced than a colt but aren’t we like the colt sometimes- bound and owned by fear and regret. We are like the colt, stuck in the same place for years until one of Jesus’ disciples come to fetch us for the Master. Today, I feel those same words of “I have need of it..” applicable to us. Today, Jesus whispers to you and I “I have need of you!” I need you.
So… regardless of if others notice our presence, Christ needs us. Our presence in the building is noticeable to Him and He needs us in the entirety of who He created us to be. He loves our smile, our laughter. He sees our tears, and seeks to comfort our sorrow. He likes the way we dance and jump with joy. He desires that we are filled with love, complete love in Him. He needs our quirks and weirdness to change the world for good. You and I are necessary! We are necessary. So… allow this truth to bring comfort to your heart and rest in the fact that God not only wants you but needs you to bring His beautiful Heaven to the Earth. I love you all and I hope that this message brings you hope and affirmation in God’s thoughts concerning you.
Until next time,