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May 7, 2014

To Be Somebody!

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Everyone wants to be somebody!  And everyone deserves to be somebody!  And everyone is somebody! Most everyone wants to be important.  We want others to recognize us and see that we have accomplished something.  We want to be somebody in someone’s eyes!

I saw this many years ago in children.  Our church was involved in using buses to reach boys and girls.  We had a fleet of 8 buses and each week we would seek to enlist new riders. In an effort to involve the regular riders to enlist their friends, we would often present a challenge to the boys and girls.  One such challenge was to see from each bus who could enlist the most new riders in a four week period.

The gift to the winner was this:  On a particular evening, the boy or girl would be picked up at their home by a limousine and a chauffeur.  They would all arrive about the same time in their individual limousines at a fancy restaurant  in the city, greeted by the mayor, treated like royalty by the servers, and had their photographs made by the local paper.

Following the special time at the restaurant, each boy and girl could give directions to their chauffeurs where they would like to “cruise” for thirty minutes. We had well anticipated most would want to go to the beach or up and down the main thoroughfare in town.  But . . . would you believe?  Each one wanted to go back into their neighborhood!

They wanted their friends and family to see them in the limousine!  It was such a special time in their life and they wanted others to see they were someone special that night.  They had even told neighbors and others that they would be coming into the neighborhood, and several chauffeurs reported that family and friends were out on the street to wave!

Yes, I would have probably done the same thing.  There is within the nature of man a desire to feel we have accomplished something, or achieved something that sets us apart.  We must be careful that life is not driven by that desire, but deep down I believe we do want to feel important.  We want to believe our life has accomplished something, contributed to the world, and not to feel we are a zilch!

The world may never know of accomplishments or commitments from our life . . . but always know there is One who knows!  That is our God!  And He is the One we seek to please with our life.  We must be driven by the knowledge of how valuable we are to Him. He loves us and cares for us in ways we could never comprehend.  I, for one, would rather be somebody to God than be somebody to the whole world.  Besides, it is for all eternity I will be in His presence!

We are important to Him!

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.”  (Matthew 10:29-31)


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1 Comment »

  1. I love that Bible verse. We sometimes forget how important we are to our God.

    Comment by Harriett Weicht — May 7, 2014 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

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