You simply matter. Your existence in this world isn’t accidental. It’s not coincidental.
Your existence was planned, if not by your parents, by your Creator.
I think almost every one of us has those days when we think we could fall off the earth and nobody would notice. I know I’ve felt that way before. I was half certain nobody would bat an eye if I was around or not just as long as they had clean clothes and food, or if my work got done for my employer or just as long as the spot in nursery was filled. Just as long as my duties were completed, nobody would notice if I was around to actually do them. I was only important if I filled a need.
But that’s not really true. Often, we feel small, taken advantage of, even invisible.
You’re not. You are seen and noticed and cared about.
Whatever job you do, you’re depended on for that. Even if it’s flipping burgers. The person who wants those burgers needs you to cook them. You matter.
Your spouse who chose you needs you, even in those times when you feel like it’s not working. They need you and you matter.
To your children, you so matter. They will love you in every circumstance, even in those times they may not like you so much. To them, you ultimately matter more than anyone else.
To your parents, you matter. Your happiness and well being is their priority. They will live their lives trying to make yours wonderful.
To your friends, you matter. There’s something about you that brought you together: your sense of humor, personality, common interests. You listen when they need you to. You talk when you need to. You matter.
To the stranger you hold the door open for, you matter.
To the charity you donate to, you matter.
To the person across the room or across the street that you smile at, brightening their otherwise challenging day, you matter.
To the person you waved on in traffic, allowing them to get to their child at school sooner or to get home because they’re so tired, you matter.
Even in the monotony of daily tasks, you matter. You have something to bring to the table, every table. You have qualities, traits, unique thoughts and abilities that are necessary, desired, and needed. Therefore, you matter.
Be encouraged for you are not alone. You are worthy. You are important. You matter. To us at Defying Shadows, you matter very much. Our ministry exists because you matter to us!
Meet Melanie P:
Melanie Pickett is a writer and blogger and is currently completing her first nonfiction book. She has battled Crohn’s disease and complications, has a now-healthy son who was born prematurely under challenging circumstances, and survived a 15-year abusive marriage and her first husband’s mental illness and eventual suicide. A wife and mother of two, she loves Red Wings hockey, reading, playing piano, and traveling adventures.
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