You weren’t made to be handled or tolerated, you were you made to be enjoyed and celebrated.
I recently told someone that they handle me well. Their response was that it wasn’t a matter of handling me, but that they genuinely enjoyed me.
It was difficult for me to understand, and it still is at times. How can we truly understand that we weren’t created to simply be put up with.
1 John 5:16 says, “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (ESV).
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (ESV).
So, if God created us in His image and He is love, doesn’t that lead to the idea that He created us in love and to be loved?
You are made to be loved, cherished, enjoyed, celebrated and appreciated.
In fact, in Christ, you already are.
Too often we look for the validation and approval of others, to remind us that we are enjoyed. I think that once we understand that our value lies in Christ and Him alone, it gives us a confidence, peace and joy that radiates from us. People are fascinated and attracted to those qualities, and tend to be put off by insecurity, unhappiness and negativity.
Oftentimes, this idea that we are handled and not enjoyed is self-developed. We have this idea planted in our minds that we are a challenge, annoying or difficult to tolerate. Whether it’s from words we once heard, or actions done to us, I’m not entirely sure, but it’s there.
I used to feel like I was the only one that felt this way, but the more I have this conversation with others the more I realized that I don’t stand alone.
This is a sad realization for me, because that means we aren’t fulfilling our calling as Christians. We aren’t loving our neighbor as fully as we could be. We aren’t spreading God’s love as frequently as we could be. We aren’t showing others that they were created to be enjoyed and celebrated as much as we could be.
I’m not saying we all need to pack our bags and head overseas, because the mission field is all around you. Ask a stranger how they’re doing. Talk to the cashier who never seems to smile. Pay for the coffee of the customer behind you. Smile and actually, yes I’m going there, make eye contact with people you pass by.
It doesn’t take much to make people feel noticed, and you truly can’t understand the impact you could be making.
Show people that they have been created to be celebrated and enjoyed.
Know that you were created to be celebrated and enjoyed.
Have a blessed day,