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Sometimes it is hard to feel we have much significance. You may be small of stature and dreamed of being in the NBA and your ambitions lie shattered on a gym floor. You may have dreamed of owning your own business or leading a Fortune 500 company – and maybe even did – only to see it goes down in flames. You may have dreamed of having children only to know the sorrow of not being able to have them. You may have dreamed of doing great things for the Lord only to find yourself in a tiny, insignificant role in some back-water town in a back-water location. And now, perhaps you see yourself as so small and insignificant that desperation long ago was lost in favor of something even worse – giving up. And now your life seems pointless…and you feel utterly worthless.
A small fellow, not much over 5 feet tall, applied for a job as a lumberjack in Alaska. The foreman, thinking to discourage him, gave him a large ax, set him before a tree hundreds of feet tall, and yards in diameter, and told him to chop it down. Within minutes the tree had been felled. The amazed foreman asked him where he’d learned to chop trees so powerfully. The little fellow replied, “When I worked in the Sahara forest.” “You mean, the Sahara desert.” “That was after I got there,” said the small lumberjack.
The point of the story is that size is less important than spirit, or intelligence, or courage — a point made when King David was selected at a young age: Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature … for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
A faith that grows has heart, a heart that belongs to God. Faith grows from the inside out. You sprang from the heart of the Almighty God and you still have a place there. When you are tempted to doubt your significance, remember the cross. Remember the Divine One who came to seek you out and then died for you. Remember that He knows the number of hairs on your head and the heartbeats of your lifetime. His knowledge of you is that deep and that intimate and all-encompassing. Would He bother to know those things about you if He didn’t think you were worth it? And to top it off, He loves you with a never-ending love!
PRAYER: Don’t let us think that our value and worth, or even our significance, depends on what we have done or will do, but on Who loves us and in Whose image we are made! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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