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November 4, 2013, 1:42 PM

Make People Feel Valuable Part I

Do you remember when you were in elementary school playing ball in the school yard during PE?  That was so much fun. I was the king of kick ball--I could kick the ball a mile. The most dreaded part of PE was when you had to choose teams.  You wanted to go high in the draft, be a first round pick. Nobody wanted to be the last person chosen? That was the person nobody wanted, but somebody had to take.  Ladies, for you it might have been the prom and you're hoping and praying that someone, anyone, ok as long as they have a pulse, asked you to go.

Deep down everyone has an innate desire to be wanted, needed, to feel valued. We want to know that we have something to offer and bring to the table. 

But, when we feel rejected and not valued, it messes with our confidence, our self-worth, and our productivity. We become easy targets for the enemy to wreak havoc in our lives. The minds games begin.  "Nobody wants me.  Nobody cares. Doesn't make a difference if I show up or not--I'm not needed."

  • So we pick up our toys and turn inward--I'm not playing anymore. When people withdraw because of hurt, rejection, or offense we all lose. We miss out on the opportunity to grow together and be enriched by what we have to offer each other.

 

  • Sometimes people go the other extreme ("I'll show them--whose needed, whose important") and they try to find their significance and worth the wrong way--through inappropriate relationships, burying themselves in work, substance abuse.  Either way, we lose when people are not valued.

Without God's love anchoring us, it too easy to live defeated & devalued lives, to feel alone, unlovable, worthless.  Every day we come into contact with people at work, at the store, at school who have no idea of the infinite value they have as children of God, no idea of the purpose and plan God has for them, the gifts He has placed within them, and the important role God has for them.

Jesus wants us to let all people everywhere know that they are valuable and important to God.  At Faith Academy, we've grown as a school family because people know that we strive to Shape Hearts and Minds with the love of God.  We are a place where the broken-hearted are being healed, the hurt are being restored, and God's grace is winning.  They know there is a place on the team for them. My joy is to see students really discover themselves as they discover how awesome their God truly is and how much He loves them.

When we love right & value people we make the Invisible God visible. 

We show by our actions that that God loves all people, is for them, and wants to do great things in them and through them. We all like to be around people who make us feel good about ourselves, fill our lives with hope, and instill confidence within us.

Over the next several weeks, we are going to talk about how we can make our children feel valuable by championing them just like God champions us. 

Shaping hearts and minds,

Dr. Chris

 


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