I think if we are honest, we all have a need to feel like we matter. We all want to make a difference or at least to be seen by others as making a difference.
The problem is we cannot always know how much we matter or how we are perceived.
I often think of how a young David was perceived by his father, his brothers and his king. Yet, it was David who slew the giant Goliath. If you know the story at all, you know he was too young, too small and yes, too insignificant for such a task.
David however, had something we all can have if we choose to. David had a pure heart and allowed himself to be used by God for something much greater than those around him would have ever believed him capable of.
Though the search for significance may never leave us, it does not have to define us.
At this point in life, I find my search for significance has shifted. Wealth and position don’t seem as important to me as they once did. Now, I am more concerned with the impact I am having on the lives of those around me.
As I have said on many occasions, “I want to leave a mark, I just don’t want to leave a scar”.
Though I still desire significance, I have learned I cannot allow that to be the determining factor in what I do.
Others may see us as too young or too old, but the truth is, how we are seen by others does not define us. The truth is we can find our significance knowing we are right where we need to be if we have made ourselves available to our Lord.
My point in writing this today is to communicate, though the search for significance is real and natural, if we are not careful it can be self-defeating and cause us a tremendous amount of self-doubt.
So, ask yourself as you search for your significance; if you find it, will it be enough to satisfy your desire for it? Our significance will not be found in what we have or how much we know. Our significance will only be found in Christ and how we shared that significance with others.
1 Samuel 16:7 But the said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the looks at the heart.”