Some people land on their feet. Others have two left feet. But all of us are finding our feet. We are all trying to make our way and find the niche in which we fit. Work, church, family, community; we all have to find our place in the world.
If this isn’t challenging enough, our sense of place is tightly entwined with our self worth. If we can’t find our feet in the various areas of our life we can feel useless, lonely, inferior and even unlovable.
Each person you meet and each individual who attends community events or walks through the door of your church are all in this position.
All of us, whether we are community workers, church leaders, managers or those like me who now walk the path of working for the public sector have an opportunity to help others to find their place in the world.
So how do we help those around us to find their way?
Recently, I was presented with the same verse twice within 24-hours. On one evening my husband and I were talking about it and how it was shared with me during a hospital stay a few years ago. The next evening I was at a women’s event at our new church and the verse came up again. I figure God must be trying to tell me something.
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Helping others to find their place can be a long process but what if we engaged with people from this basis? We are so special to God, He loves us so much that He sings over us. How much would our lives change – and the lives of those around us – if we live our lives safe in that knowledge?
He sings over every single person that we meet. From the friend to the foe; the rich to the poor; the confident to the fearful. No matter what the world thinks of them – no matter what they think of themselves – God’s opinion is the one that matters and He delights in us.
Our self-worth is always at jeopardy. We have to remind ourselves of our worth in God’s eyes. Pause for a moment and think of this – God, the maker of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of all things, delights in you and sings over you.
This week, I would like to challenge you to remind one person of their self-worth; of how God sees them and how He sings over them, regardless of their situation.
Once we find our worth in God, there’s no looking back. But we have to hold onto that worth and remind ourselves of what God thinks of us. Even if we are forever finding our feet.
About the Author
Tracy Baird was formerly the Senior Project Worker at Ayr Ark, a Go For It funded project which provides an alcohol-free nightclub, community education, Summer trips and lots more, to increase confidence and promote positive lifestyle choices among young people. Tracy and her family now live in Fife.
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