The World Needs YOU!

I can always pray. I can listen. I can tell you that God created you for a purpose. #hope via @blestbutstrestThe world needs you! Yes, you. Don’t give up. Don’t check out. The world needs you.

Despair starts with a lie that seems like a feather but feels like lead.

Maybe the deceiver whispers in your ear that the things that others have done to you make you worthless, without value, ruined, not good enough.

Perhaps he parades an endless line of ‘perfect people’ through your life to jab at the tender skin of your self worth and whispers words of comparison in your heart until you believe them (she’s so skinny, her nose so perfectly shaped, don’t you wish you could wear a dress like that and look like she does).

The deceiver curdles your hope and taints your life with little lies that cloud your future. He seeks to replace your hope with a confusing abyss of uncertainty.

He promises relief from his accusations in the next drink, pill popped or joint smoked—and you find relief—temporarily. He whispers in your ear that if you just sleep a little longer, build the walls around your heart a little stronger, that the pain will go away.

Don’t do it. The world needs you. Yes, you. Don’t give up. Don’t check out. The world needs you. God created you for a purpose. You might feel as if you’re drowning under a weight of regrets about the past and uncertainties about your future. But God created YOU.

When the Creator of the universe looks at you, he doesn’t see what you see. He doesn’t listen to the lies of your accuser (really, there is nothing that a twelve-year-old girl can do to make her ‘deserve’ to be raped).

God sees through the lies and knows the truth—He loves YOU. He created you for a purpose.

And maybe the lies of the accuser started you down a path you never intended to walk—one full of mistakes and regrets that slam like prison doors behind you as you stumble along.

You are not the sum of your mistakes or bad decisions or what other people have done to you. You are the sum of the potential that God places on your heart. (tweet this)

The world needs you to live another day—you might not see that right now. But I’m here to tell you that it’s the truth.

If church people or Christians have let you down or caused you hurt, remember that they too are people—sinners on the same road you travel. We all stumble and fall when we take our eyes off the Light (and I confess that I’ve stumbled all over the place in my cranky Christian complacency).

I don’t have all the answers. But this I do know. The world needs you. God has a purpose for your life—one with hope and a future. He will restore the years the locusts have eaten.

And me, the sometimes cranky church lady, I’ll come alongside you and do the best I can with my eyes fixed firmly on the Light—not on my own insecurities. I’ll plug my ears to the voice of the accuser who tells me there’s nothing I can do.

I can always pray. I can listen. I can tell you again that the world needs you. God created you for a purpose. (tweet this)

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • What I have found is that no matter how bad things are, I can still choose to say something positive and encouraging, to show some compassion and kindness.

    It is a choice.

    I do understand the desire to check out; it was a terrifying night of pain and bleeding, and I’m exhausted. The last thing I really want to do is sit at the computer table and type, but there are positive things I can say, and there are people listening. So I choose to be here.
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    • I”m so sorry you had a rough night, Andrew. I’m lifting you up in prayer. I love your attitude and I’m glad you’re writing to all those people who are listening!

  • Anita, what a sweet & gentle yet fierce post 🙂 How you managed to get all these feelings into one post is amazing. Seriously. Truth right here – – > “You are the sum of the potential that God places on your heart.” Not our mistakes. Not our past. We are the sum of the potential He places in us! May each person who reads this grab hold of this truth today & begin to walk in all that God has for them!
    And, by the way, it is quite hard to even imagine you as the “sometimes cranky church lady”.
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    • I try to never let the cranky out of my mouth, but my soul sure has some cranky moments! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement!

  • What a beautifully written, truthful lifeline! Your message is engaging and compelling and I pray that it will reach many who need something to cling to today. Love your heart and your words!

    • Thank you for your kind words, Karen. That’s my prayer as well–that the ones who need to hear about God’s consuming love for them and feel his tender touch find words and promises to cling to today.

  • Don

    Thank you! I believe this is something EVERYONE needs to hear … often.
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    • You’re welcome :). I’m doing my part to get the word out.

  • Oh my Anita, I just may copy and paste this and send it to my son (43), he needs to read this, believe it, plant it deep within his soul. Thank you. It is inked truth. xo (I actually love all your posts!)
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    • Thank you for your kind words, Susan. I’m lifting your son up in prayer.

  • Dear Anita … and the world surely needs you with your giftedness to speak gentle truths in ways that we’ll get it. Thanks for sharing your love, your soul, your words …
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    • And thank you for your kind words, Linda :). Thank you for all YOU do to make the world a better place.

  • stopping by from #TellHisStory Awesome and truthfill post! love it and tweeted it! Blessings to you!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Danise :). And thank you for getting the word out!

  • Wow, Anita – you need to send this message out to the masses! I felt conviction all over the place because I, too, have believed so many of these lies over the years. And there are days that I most certainly have to remove myself from the middle of condemning thoughts to put Truth in my head or I’ll go nuts.

    So encouraging. I absolutely love visiting here but this post sticks out as one of my favorites. Loving your inspiring words and needed reminder!
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    • Thank you for your kind words, Jennifer. Sometimes, when I sit down to write, I have no idea what will come out–just that I’m thinking of people I know who need encouragement and pray that God will move my fingers.

  • so encouraging. We all need to grab onto this truth minute by minute.
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  • Beautiful, a great start to my morning and a great reminder to continue to share. I am important and my story is worth sharing. 🙂
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    • You ARE important and you DO have a story worth sharing! Have a wonderful day, my friend!

  • Thank you for the gift of these encouraging words. I can think of so many people in my life who need to be reminded of this, including me. And now I can be intentional about speaking life to them because you have spoken it to me. I love the passion behind this post, friend.
    Colleen Mitchell recently posted…50 Fair Trade Shops for Holiday Gifts With a PurposeMy Profile

    • Have you ever heard the Toby Mac song about ‘speaking life’ (I’m horrible at remembering song titles, but I think it’s from his Eye 2 Eye album). That’s what the world needs–people who speak life! Thanks for joining in :).

  • Yes. This. “Despair starts with a lie that seems like a feather but feels like lead.” So much truth in that sentence alone, but then you go an unpack so much power in this post, my friend! Amazing… and Grace! xoxo
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted…When God says your name…My Profile

    • Hugs to you, Karrilee! Thank you for your encouraging words :).

  • I’m a sometimes cranky church lady, too, Anita. (Although I don’t believe you are.) This reminds me to look past people’s quirks and weirdness, realize they are hurting or have been hurt, believe fiercely for them, and keep on praying. God wants each one of us!
    Betsy recently posted…Making a Difference in an Overwhelming WorldMy Profile

    • Amen! God certainly wants each one of us–quirks, foibles, crankiness and sinfulness included! He has a purpose for us, after all!

  • How beautiful. I think we all have doubts about ourselves and have times where we wonder if we make a difference (It’s a wonderful life).
    Karin Meenan recently posted…Weigh In WednesdayMy Profile

    • It IS a wonderful life, isn’t it? Especially when we live with a attitude of gratitude.

  • If only is were this easy!
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    • Paula, I’ve found during my life that feeling follows action. If I act as if I’m a valuable person that God loves and has a purpose for, then eventually I will know in my heart that it is true. I will pray specifically for you that God will send his Holy Spirit to surround you with his presence and wrap you in the fuzzy-purple-blanket feeling of his love :).

  • The sum of the potential that God places on your heart.
    This is just breathtaking! Amazing post Anita!
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    • Thank you for stopping by, Sarah, and for your kind words :).

  • This message is always needed. I actually wrote a post on a similar topic to post tomorrow. We can’t hear too often that we DO have purpose, no matter what our feelings may tell us. Thanks for sharing this valuable truth, Anita!
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    • If two or more of us are coming up with the same message–than that’s a sure sign it what we need to be writing because the world is full of empty people who don’t know their purpose and wonder at their existence. I look forward to reading your post!

  • Love this. I think we all need to hear these words. It reminds me of the TobyMac song “Speak Life” and the song “Remind Who I Am” by Jason Gray. No matter what I/we are beloved children of God! Thanks for this reminder today friend!
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    • I love that song by Toby Mac! But I haven’t heard Jason Gray’s song–I’ll have to look it up. Thank you for stopping by!

  • “You are not the sum of your mistakes or bad decisions or what other people have done to you. You are the sum of the potential that God places on your heart.”. <- I need to read or at least hear that powerful phrase everyday.
    Thanks so much for this!

    • You are God’s beloved. You are not the sum of your mistakes or bad decisions or what other people have done to you. You are the sum of the potential that God places on your heart. Let him lead you today as you discover your potential! (I thought I’d make sure you heard it today, too 😉 ).

  • Oh Anita, I really needed to read this today. Lately I feel like I’ve been running on empty and yes, the enemy does whisper to give up, but I know God has so much more to do through my life. So thank you, thank you! So much truth in this post. Keep shining your light, friend.
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    • Hugs to you, Abby! Drown out the voice of the accuser with the promises of God and praises for him!

  • How I needed this encouragement tonight, Anita. I so need to “plug my ears to the voice of the accuser who tells me there’s nothing I can do.” That is really difficult for me. I listen to him and even worse, believe him, far too often. As we all have, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life and struggle to forgive myself. This was a wonderful pep talk! Thank you!
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    • God forgives you, my friend. If the God of the universe looks at you with love and forgiveness in his eyes–can you do any less for yourself?

  • Anita,
    Such powerful truth shared with such passion…thank you 🙂 I’m always having to remind myself God has a hope and a future for me. blessings to you 🙂
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    • Thanks for stopping by, Dolly :). If we seek Him daily, it’s a lot easier to believe that he has a hope and future in mind for us!

  • This is why I love reading my Bible so much. Many of the stories found there remind us that God uses imperfect people in His perfect plan. The key is for us to not get discouraged and want to give up when we fall short. This happened to me just the other day, so this message is very timely for me. Thanks so much for speaking truth into my life. Blessings to you and yours, Anita.
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    • Amen to all that you said! We are all a bunch of cracked pots and God can use us anyway. There’s no point in comparing our state to anyone else’s, because their cracks might be on the other side, where we can’t see them, but they are there!

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