I’m sure you have experienced this situation before – you are in a group of people that you haven’t met before and someone asks this question:
So what do you do?
Then it begins. Based upon your answer to that question you are classified and categorized.
I don’t think that’s really fair do you?
My job or what I do isn’t who I am.
Most of us have had times where we ask ourselves if we matter. I certainly have. We wonder whether or not we are making a difference in our lives.
Although I am very thankful to have a job, I get tired of the routine. Sunday evenings I have to fight off the impending Monday blues.
While others may classify or judge us on the work we do or what degree we hold, that is not who we are. God certainly doesn’t look at us that way. I have witnessed people in the church address others as Doctor or Most Holy Reverend and it sickens me. Sorry, but I have to be honest here. God doesn’t care about the titles so why should we? A person who works flipping burgers is just as important to God as the person who has attended college multiple years. God looks at us each individually and we absolutely matter to Him.
The Bible tells us that we are inscribed on the palm of his hand. (Isaiah 49:16) Now that’s pretty special isn’t it?
So what does that tell us? It means that God is interested in us and cares about our lives.
We matter to Him. Each one of us has the opportunity to impact others every day. Whether it is a co-worker, a child or a stranger we can invest in someone’s life. That’s what our purpose is. God never said that getting a doctorate degree in theology was what mattered to Him the most. People matter to Him. How we treat others is the most important thing.
Quite often I work with people who are unfiltered in their comments. Their words can affect the course of my day if I let it. It’s very difficult not to respond the same way and, honestly, it takes enormous resolve to respond the right way and have the soft answer to turn away their wrath.
Okay, so you aren’t the CEO of a Fortune 500 company but you still matter. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or work for a large corporation, you matter. You have the opportunity each day to invest in people. Sometimes you can make or break someone’s day. This is where you can be the difference matter. I have had times in my life where I have honestly moaned and complained to God about the people I have to work with or some of the personalities that do not agree with mine but in those situations I have had to realize that I can still make a difference. Even if we are put in a difficult situation, we can still matter to someone.
We are encouraged to do our jobs and whatever we do as if we are doing it for the Lord. Yeah, I know. That’s really hard to do sometimes when your supervisor is less than ideal or shows their lack of integrity. We can’t look at them. We can’t control them. We can control us and what we do.
Sometimes we don’t seem to matter to people around us but we always matter to God. He cares about everything that happens to us. I have always heard that He has a plan for us – and he does. Sometimes we get off the track He has planned for us but if we are sincere and seek His will, He will re-direct us back to where we need to be. I know some folks believe that God has predestinated every choice and everything in our lives. Some believe that He already knows the end. They forget the power of our own free will. Yes, God knows where we are going to end up if we stay on the course we are going but things in life change and we are totally able to use our free will to change that course. I know that’s deep but it goes to show that we do matter and what we do with our lives when it comes to the way we treat others matters too.
If you woke up this morning wondering if you matter let me assure you that you do. Now when you go out, make your life matter to someone else. Make a difference to the people around you.