Three words. Three little words that I’ve run into all my life. I can’t remember the first time I ever heard this lie, but I can give you a list of people who have reiterated it to me over the years. Mostly with their actions, but one actually said it right to my face as our relationship ended. I have believed this lie many, many times.
There’s something so desolate and hopeless about these three little words. Feelings of insecurity, depression, anxiety — they all are never ending company at rock bottom. Thinking that you don’t matter is one thing, but having other people tell you… It does something to your heart.
There have been several times this year I have felt like I didn’t matter. Overlooked, ignored, left out, forgotten — you name it, I’ve felt it.
I worked at a job for over a year where nothing I did was appreciated. Nothing. It didn’t matter, I didn’t matter. I was treated with complete disrespect every single day.
I worked relentlessly at home to take care of the house, but it seemed like it was never enough. No matter what I did, there was always something else I should’ve done instead. It wasn’t enough, I wasn’t enough.
I’ve watched my friends hang out together without me (Thanks so much, Facebook). And even plan trips and vacations without a second thought. I seem to be in this constant state of being uninvited.
But more than any of this, one fact has caused more hurt. So much so, I didn’t even want to include it in this post.
I’m now twenty-six. And single. Now add to that list — unemployed. Not enough. Uninvited. Friendless. Unwanted. Alone.
There are days that it honestly feels like my nephew is the only person who cares that I’m here. And it breaks my heart to think that one day he might not feel that way. Like once he gets older he’ll figure out what everyone else apparently has and not want me either.
It would be very easy for me to stay in that place. To believe those lies, to just fail to exist. But the lies aren’t true. I matter. And so do you.
Have you felt like you don’t matter? Overlooked? Forgotten? Not wanted? If you have, can i just encourage you for a second?
You matter. SO much more than you realize right now. You are NOT overlooked and you are NOT forgotten. You are so very wanted.
Sometimes our lives don’t play out the way we want them to. And sometimes the pain we’re left with as we stand surrounded by our broken dreams is way more than we think we can handle. But even in the midst of hurt, of rejection, of plain cruelty, we are not forgotten.
God has a plan for me and He has a plan for you. He sees you. He hears you. He loves you so much. I’m gonna say that again, cause I don’t think you got it. The Creator of the ENTIRE universe, the One who hung the stars in the sky, He loves you. So much so, that He died for you. Let that sink in for a minute.
No matter how unwanted you feel, no matter how hopeless you’re situation looks, even when you think no one cares — look up. God is always right there.
When the future you had hoped for is burning, when the dreams you held so tight have lost their meaning — Know that you are not forgotten.
God’s plan usually looks way different than ours, and it’s ALWAYS so much better.
Even when it feels like the world is against you, God is for you. That’s all that matters.
Keep your head up. You will get through this!
You are loved. You are wanted. You are pursued. You are bought with a price. And you do matter.
Xo — Britt