Friday, March 1, 2013

I'm afraid I don't see people like I should.

In a large group it almost seems impossible for someone not to be seen. It's easy for people to fall through the cracks. Sometimes people choose it. It's easier, we think, if we just aren't seen. But it's not easier. It's hard to be on your own. It's hard to feel unseen. It's hard to feel as if you don't really matter. Even when we are working so hard to be invisible we want someone to see us.

We do that to each other. We make each other feel as if the other doesn't really matter. We create a culture where selfishness, amibition, and drive are favored above all. We step on people in order to get to the top. We knock people down in order to take one more step. We don't look to those who have fallen by the way side. We don't reach out to those who need a hand up.

Why do we do this to each other?

How do we change this?

One person at a time. Me changing the only thing I can, myself.

So I look to see what type of culture I have created, and how I behave. I am choosing to reach out to those who don't always feel seen, even though I don't always know how to do it. Even though sometimes I am the one who feels invisible.

I hold on to the hope and truth that God doesn't forget about me, and He sees me.
I hold on to the hope and truth that God doesn't forget about you, and He sees you.

I want to learn how to keep people from being invisible.
I want to learn how to really see.
Like God sees.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The fear we aren't noticed by God

Matthew 10:31
So don’t be afraid;
You are worth more
than many sparrows

In the grand scheme of things, we can sometimes feel lost. We worry what we do doesn’t really matter. We wonder how God could even notice us. Whether we are going through incredible hardship, or we simply live a quiet life there are times where we wonder if God sees us or if he knows us. In this section God has addressed our fear of what others think, and what others can do; now he is reminding us of how important we are to God.

God created this world and all the things in it. In Job we are reminded how big he is but also of his observances. In Job 39 it says, “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn? Do you count the months till they bear? Do you know the time they give birth?” It goes on to talk of donkeys, ostriches, horses, and hawks. God knows his creation and watches over it in a way that is detailed.

During the time when Jesus is speaking, the Sparrow was a bird which was purchased for minuscule amounts. Pennies in our time. Humans did not hold these birds in high esteem, nor consider them valuable. But Jesus lets us know that even these small birds whom we barely notice do not go unnoticed by Him. They are part of creation, and therefore fall under the gaze of the one who loves them.

Jesus goes on to say we are worth more than these small sparrows. The Message references this bird as a canary and says we are worth more than a million canaries. Sometimes we don’t assign a large value to our worth. We lose ourselves, or think it would be better if we could. But make no mistake, our God in heaven sees you, knows you, and you are very important to him. So, if you are dealing with incredible hardship, He knows and He wants to be your strength. If you are dealing with a quiet life, you are no less valuable so keep doing what He has set before you.

Jesus brings us huge comfort in these words as he reminds us that we are seen, known, and counted in this creation. You are worth so much.

Question 1: Have you had days where you feel you weren’t worth much? Where you felt you lacked value and brought nothing to the table? I challenge you to memorize some scripture so that the Truth will be firmly in your heart. God knows you and He sees you and He loves you.

Question 2: What will you do with this valuable life you have been given? The only thing required of you is “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) What can you do today to live this out?

Father,
Sometimes we get confused and mixed up
Sometimes we forget how much you love us
Thank you for loving us
Thank you for knowing us
Remind us to serve you
For you see us and know.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The disciples' fear (3)

If you missed the background information please go back two weeks : The Disciples' Fear.

Matthew 10 31

Matthew 10:31

So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (NIV)
Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Amplified)
So don't be intimidated by all this bully talk. You're worth more than a million canaries. (The Message)

IVP NT Commentary Series:
Jesus assures his disciples that they can trust God's soveriegnty in their protection or their death.