“Our Daily Bread” http://odb.org
The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie http://www.harvest.org/devotional
By Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare” @ http://atimetoshare.me
Original post @ http://atimetoshare.me/2015/10/07/you-are-special-2/
YOU ARE SPECIAL
If you feel that your role in life isn’t important – if you struggle daily with thoughts of failure – if you believe that whatever you do, it isn’t going to be enough – it’s time to put your confidence in something other than yourself. Some turn to self-help books. Others think they can hide their feelings of inferiority by putting on a mask to cover up their shortcomings. Some turn to drugs or alcohol to deaden the pain. Many simply give up. There are also those who do not lack self confidence, but still struggle because they are trying too hard to find the answers all by themselves. That’s precisely the time we need God’s encouragement the most.
We’ll never be able to please all the people in our lives. We won’t always be successful in our work. We may feel left out or lonely at times, but there is One who loves us despite our failures – our brokenness – our insecurities. He’s the One who created us. He also had a plan for our lives mapped out in advance of our birth. He formed each and every intricate part of us before we were ever born. He crafted each cell, each nerve, each drop of blood. I would say that’s a masterpiece.
If you’re feeling insignificant today – read Psalm 139. It not only praises God for His handiwork, it shows the intimate relationship David had with his Creator. This is true for us as well.
You don’t have to take courses in self-improvement or take pride in yourself and your accomplishments. You don’t have to live by the accolades of others. The true secret to success lies in the fact that you’re a unique creation of the God of the Universe. He loves you – and so should you. Use the gifts He has given you. When we put the focus on Him instead of ourselves, we’ve got it made.