You know those name tags that we wear at corporate get-togethers or at certain parties or other functions? Those that say, “Hello, I am,” and then you write your name. Does that ever embarrass you?
It seems we are all too willing to tell all manner of people what we are doing on today’s social media sites, but there’s still something about being up close to another person and letting them know your name. Am I just imagining this?
Well, at any rate, I got to thinking about those tags. (Weird, I know.)
What if instead of our name we wrote how we felt or viewed ourselves?
“Hello, I am:” and then you put Lonely, Sad, Addicted, Depressed, Selfish, Argumentative, Opinionated…. You get the idea.
Wow, you say, who would ever want to do that?!? Nobody would fill out a tag like that! You’ve got to be kidding.
Wouldn’t it make our relationships more real, especially in church? I mean, church is the place where we are supposed to find solace and peace and acceptance.
Isn’t it true that too often we hug ourselves close and don’t have any intention of letting people know who we really are. Especially at church. We are supposed to be perfect at church. Right?
You do realize that God knows exactly who you are and how you feel? Every second of every day. There is no hiding our true selves from Him.
And do you realize what else? God loved us BEFORE we became lonely, or depressed, or addicted. He DIED for us before any of our days came into being (Romans 5:8-10).
And…ready for this?
God MADE your personality to be what it is. He has a purpose for you–to use you to reach someone else that only YOU can reach.
There is sure to be someone else at church who is also lonely, depressed, sad, angry, addicted or….you fill in the blank. How will they find help unless someone reaches out to them and helps them.
I urge you to grab your inner self and drag it to the surface of who you are and LOOK for that other person. The Bible tells us to comfort others with the same kind of comfort by which we have been comforted (2 Cor. 1:4). That’s not just a tongue twister statement. It’s a statement for the purpose for our lives and for everything that has happened in our lives.
Pray that you will be a seeker, not just of what God can do for you. A seeker of others, that you may be a blessing to them!
by Cindy Best