A life of (in)significance

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By Dave Henning / August 17, 2012

A consequence of a ministry downsizing or position loss , as well as anything of major importance to us, is a feeling of insignificance.  We may try to restore our significance in materialistic, earthly ways- wearing the latest designer clothes or coupling our identity with a favorite sports team.

Max Lucado (Fearless) notes what happens when we feel like one big zero: “Fear of insignificance creates the result it dreads, arrives at the destination it tries to avoid, facilitates the scenario it desires.”  Furthermore, we’re disagreeing with God and second-guessing His taste.  Psalm 139:14 tells us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”.

Max relates and quotes an e-mail that a woman sent to Women of Faith after attending their weekend conference.  She discussed a scene from the movie Hook, where an aging, overweight Peter Pan is unrecognizable.  It is only when a little boy moves Peter’s skin around and reshapes his face that the familiar Peter Pan emerged-“There you are.”   As the conference progressed, the woman commented: “I could feel God’s hand on my face, pushing away all the ‘stuff’ I had brought.  And then I could hear Him say, ‘There you are.  There you are.’ ”

God is saying that to us.  He sees us and loves what He sees.

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