If you haven’t heard it from anyone else all day, hear it from me: you matter.
Even when you feel alone and neglected in the middle of a crowd, you matter.
Even when it seems no one wants to bother to get to know you or your story, you matter.
Even when you don’t feel like you have anything to contribute, you matter.
Hear it again– you matter.
God made you with a unique blend of talents and passions and designed you to play a part that no one else but you can play.
You have a story to tell that at least one somebody out there needs to hear– even if some days that one somebody is you.
Even in the midst of your worst pain, God sees you. He has not forgotten you. He has not abandoned you.
Even when it seems no one notices or cares about you, the right people will. There will always be someone who will encourage you and support you (and even sometimes rebuke you in love if needed).
Maybe your job is to look up and look around. Look for the ones on the periphery who look out of place. Look for the ones on the outside who don’t feel like they have anybody on their side or anyone who even knows they’re alive.
Perhaps all it will take is a smile and a kind word. It could be that simply sitting and listening is all it will take.
Remember that as the body of Christ, we’re all in this together. If I don’t work right or you don’t work right, we don’t work right. It’s that simple.
So to be obnoxious and repeat what I’ve already said, let me say it again– you still matter. I will keep repeating it and restating it until you finally start to believe it about yourself and those around you.