Your Weekly Encouragement from Point of Grace
The need to be loved is one of our strongest emotional longings. When we're feeling bad about ourselves, or left out and alone, what we crave is affirmation and acceptance. We usually look to other people for this-coworkers, family members, friends at school, or people at church. And often times we do get love and acceptance from these people-but not always, and not always enough. Even those of us who seem super confidant most of the time are insecure. You never know when you're gonna get sucker-punched, and feel betrayed or broken down.
On the road, I meet so many people who feel like they don't quite measure up. Maybe they think they're not smart enough, pretty enough, or funny enough. Whatever they feel is lacking, it's always measured by what other people think and not what God thinks.
I always want to tell them, especially the kids (but it's true for all of us), "Who cares if you're not the most popular or if you don't have the 'right' friends?? You were designed by God, and yes, HE loves you more than anything-and that's enough. When and if you ever truly internalize this truth and live it, it will transform your life.
The good news is this- as God's children, we can hold our heads up high, knowing that our identity comes from Him. He created us just the way we are. On purpose. And there is a good and prosperous plan for each of us!
Romans 15:7- Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
Have a great week,