I have always felt like I live outside the circle, lonely, overlooked, used and discounted. Well…maybe more like Emmet from the Lego Movie. He’s the guy who wakes up happy and goes about life doing for others, saying “hello”, surrounded by people…but known by no one. When he disappears, the people around him are interviewed and Emmet is discouraged and saddened by the responses.
(The following clip was found on YouTube…I didn’t create this and have no rights to it.)
It’s not that I want to be known, because trust me– that is not my thing either. I just want to love and be loved. I want to feel connected. I don’t want to be like that person in Ecclesiastes 4 who is alone, overpowered, and cold. I think Emmet wanted that, too. I know I have shared this before and I promise that I am not in a place where I am rolling in this like a pig in mud.
In fact, I know who God says I am…
That I am precious and chosen (1Peter2:9)
Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
His workmanship created in Christ for good works (Ephesians2:10)
Valuable and bought with a price (1Corinthians 6:20)
I am seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6)
And I cling to these truths and so much more. I cling to Christ.
No, I don’t find my value in other people- nor do I want to. But, I will admit that when these feelings bubble up, they do still hinder me in a tremendous way…if I focus me and not God. When I look around, I see so many other women who are disconnected and probably feeling the same way I do. So imagine my surprise when Lysa Terkheurst announced her book called Uninvited! WOW! This is not just something that I feel…c’mon, Lysa Terkheurst!?
I pre-ordered the book last week and look forward to reading it.
I don’t get onto Proverbs31.org daily, but there are some days when I can feel the Lord pointing there instead of the places He has me studying. Today was one of those days. I wanted to share her blog post/devotion with you today and offer some encouragement to those who are not “in”, but feel rather “un”.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE AND YOU ARE LOVED.
God has a purpose for YOU! (And me, too!)
Please read Lysa’s post: When Rejection Steals the Best of Who I Am
Cut and paste this URL…I was unable to attach as a link today … http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/when-rejection-steals-the-best-of-who-i-am/
And here’s the INVITATION…On August 9th there is a webcast kicking off this new book and study. I signed up for it. If you see me around, but don’t know me and want to watch it with me- let me know. If you want to read this book with me, study God’s Word or just walk and talk. Find me.
It’s easy to misread people. In this day of technology and social media, it’s way too easy to feel connected and yet never make eye contact with a living soul. It’s time to put down the phone, step out from behind the tablet…lift up those eyes and see people. REAL LIVE PEOPLE who need a friend…who need encouragement… and who need Jesus.
Let’s knock down some walls…because Jesus invited us. Now, we need to reach out and invite others!