Sunday, December 18, 2016

Psst, this is something we all need to hear.

I don't know where you are right now.  

I don't know if you're on a lunch break, or coffee break.

Maybe you're in the bathroom sneaking a bite of chocolate and a peak at your phone while the kids are screaming in the hallway.

Maybe it's nap time.

Maybe you're watching football or a show.

Maybe you just got off work.

Maybe you're taking a break from searching for a job.

Maybe you are living in a town that is reeling from another life lost far too soon.

No matter where you are:  Hi.  How are you?  I'm glad you're reading this right now.  You know why?  Because you're special.  You're loved.  And you matter.  You may not feel like it all the time, or let's face it--some of us have a hard time ever feeling like that.

Between the laundry, chores, endless to-do list and work, who has time to feel like you're anything more than just a nobody?  Well, I hope you can get a little sense of why you matter and why that matters from here.

I was recently talking with my best friend about how unique my son is.  I mean he's the most friendly, sweet, handsome child with the most beautiful shade of chocolate skin.  He's unlike anyone I've ever known.  And then I look around and I am completely different than him, so is my husband, our neighbors...everyone.  I'm not talking about the skin color or age.  I'm talking about the whole of him.

He is completely unique and so is each and every one of us.  The really wild thing about that, though?  Is that we were all created in the image of God, every one of us.  So that means that God is even more multifaceted, with infinite diversity than we thought, right?

No matter what you look like, where you live, what you do for a living, your martial status, your age or disposition--You are unique.  You were created for a purpose.  You are exactly where God has you. 

Now for some of us, that might be a very hard place right now.  It may not be pretty, clean or safe.  We may face tough decisions moving forward.  We may need to reach out for help.  We may need to pray for guidance or a way out.  We may need to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and move on, move away or move back.   

I don't know where you are today.  I may not even know who you are reading this.  But I can tell you some truth.  You were made by the Creator of the Universe.  You were hand picked to be where you are.  You are the only you who has ever been or will ever be.  And to quote Dr. Seuss “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

Only you can make the choice to change your life. 

If you need to walk away from the bottle or other unhealthy habit, do it and get help so you succeed.

If you feel hopeless, reach out and get help so you know you're not alone.

If you feel tired, reach out to a friend and get some coffee or something together.

If you feel overwhelmed, take a step back and see what you can say no to, to make things more manageable.

If you are in an unhealthy relationship, seek counsel and get help.

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, reach out and talk about it with someone, even if that someone is somewhere on the interwebs.

If you are anxious, reach out and get help so you don't have to live in worry.

If you are depressed, reach out and get help so you don't have to go at this alone.

If you are lonely, reach out and hang out with someone, or go to Church, Moms group, College group, Singles group, Bible Study, or other meetings where you can connect with people similar to you.

But really, if you are hopeless, tired, overwhelmed, grieving, anxious, depressed, lonely or a whole slew of other things -- please know that you are not alone.  You are loved.  You are on this earth for a reason.  You were created for a purpose.  You are unique.  And the One who created you, in His image wants to know you.  He wants to have a relationship with you.  

In fact, He wanted to so much, even though we had all sinned and separated ourselves from Him, that He sent His only Son to earth to be born of a virgin and later die on a cross for the sins of the whole world.  Just so, as it was written He was raised in three days and the veil was torn.  We have a direct line, a direct way to God now, through Jesus.  All because of Christmas, and even more so because of His resurrection.  Do you know Him?  Do you want to know Him?  Do you want to walk closer with Jesus?  Do you want to find a local Church where you can get plugged in?  Here's a place to start to find Churches in your area:  https://9marks.org/church-search/  Or you can reach out to me if you said yes to any of these questions and I will try to help the best I can!

If you or someone you know needs help, reach out.  Reach out before it's too late.  Show you care.  Show you need help.  

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