As parents, we think it’s cute when our 2 year old wants to help sweep the floor.
What about when our 10 year old helps fold clothes? We’re proud (even if he doesn’t do it the way WE would do it.)
When our 15 year old does the dishes we still like the help (most of the time.) Sometimes teenagers show a little attitude and decide they know best. They’re still learning – and learn quicker if we let the consequences do the teaching. (Of course – there are times to remove the phone, computer, music, or activities. We give and sometimes we take away.)
It’s pretty amazing when our kids ask us what job they can do and ALSO listen to how to do a job (though there is still some very important learning that takes place when they don’t ask for our guidance.)
Honestly, we CAN do all these jobs on our own AND we actually would do a more careful and more thorough job on each one of them.
The thing is when we ask God what job He wants us to do, incredible things happen. He’s not going to make us ask Him. We just (hopefully) eventually get around to realizing this is the best idea.
God does not NEED us to help. He WANTS us to help Him. He ALLOWS us to help Him. He LOVES for us to help Him.
But God is God and He does not NEED us to take care of stuff.
He is MORE than capable of doing everything on His own. He created the whole universe and everything in it WITHOUT our help. (It’s a bit egotistic to think He NEEDS us to do anything, isn’t it?)
When He calls us to do a job, He doesn’t expect us to then go off and try to do it on our own. He expects us to keep asking for His guidance.
Sometimes we (grown ups) decide we know best and we learn from consequences, too. We give God a little attitude sometimes, don’t we? (And He gives and sometimes He takes away.) Yet, He’s still in our corner, cheering us on, always hoping we’ll turn to Him for help.
Sometimes I envision Him looking at me while I try to do a job without Him (which has happened plenty over my lifetime.)
He’s smiling while shaking His head and just waiting for me to ask, “Daddy? Please help?” EVERY time I ask He is there and He is always more than capable.
Be careful, little mouth, what you say.
How powerful are words?
I know a Guy who spoke the whole world into existence.
Your words matter.
34b “…For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
You meet people every day someone else will never meet. Nobody has the same path you have. People God leads across your path NEED YOU to speak life about them and TO them.
When we’re tempted to grumble about people (which happens, like, every day)…
that driver who cut us off in traffic,
the person who cut in line when we only have 20 minutes for lunch,
when the kid at school makes fun of our kid and our child comes home in tears,
the mom who has a bad day and desperately wants to know all this work she’s doing matters,
the dad who works hard and knows his wife and kids want some of his time, too, so he spends the evening playing “catch” when he’s wanting time for himself,
…take a breath.
And maybe instead of the first (possibly crushing) words that come to mind,
turn it around and speak a blessing over them instead.
Extensive studies show that a percentage of the time researchers waste money taking a poll about almost important stuff.
MY research didn’t cost money. MY studies have shown that out of 100 people ALL 100 people MATTER.
100 people usually inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. 100 people have internal organs that work pretty much the way they should. Regardless of the color, shape, hair, and the rest of the outside of their bodies 100% of their insides can feel hurt and pain and they have opinions and preferences.
My studies show that people are pretty much the most unique but very much the same.
100 people have the same invitation to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. 100 people can be buried with Him under water in baptism and come out of the water a new person. 100 people get the angels singing and partying just for them each time this choice is made. 100 people are the highest of all God’s creations and were made in His image. 100 people matter.
I didn’t have to spend a billion dollars to research this. Look around you. As a writer I recently met online said:
“The person standing in front of you is not just taking up space, she’s been carefully made in God’s own image. This alone makes her worthy of your attention, and your very best words.”
– Kim Hall http://www.givenbreath.com
100 people out of 100 people are 100% valuable. Period.
In case nobody told YOU today… YOU MATTER.
If you or your family member or friends have bodies that work differently than others due to medical or other reasons YOU MATTER. If you think differently than other people think YOU MATTER. If you feel deeper or even if you feel nothing YOU MATTER.
I studied, researched, and asked God above about YOU. And the results of all my research show that YOU MATTER 100%.