There are two themes that ring out clearly from the hundreds — actually thousands — of stories I have read this month: first, that we all deeply desire to be known and loved by our Creator God, and second, that we all desperately need to know that the people we are closest to, our families and friends, love us just because we breathe. Pretty simple, right?
This is not just our story; I have heard from hundreds of men and women whose experiences of rejection and alienation from family members have sparked downward spirals of depression, addiction and despair.
And the winner is…YOU!
Originally Posted on February 28, 2016
by Thomas Mitchinson, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Illinois
From the Golden Globes to the Grammys and Oscars, this is the season when Hollywood’s elite are dressing up, walking down the red carpet, and making acceptance speeches. Nominees know a win can enhance their career, and bring them much happiness.
But most of us don’t win awards. Is there a way we can find lasting happiness and self-worth?
I am reminded of a story related in the first book of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. It told about a teacher in New York who decided to give each of her students a blue ribbon printed with the words, “Who I Am Makes a Difference.” And she told each student something good about them.
She also gave each of her students two blue ribbons to give away – one to someone they admired, and the other for the admired person to pass along to someone else. One man received a blue ribbon from one of the class members, and then gave the second one to his teenaged son. He told the boy, “My days are pretty hectic, and when I come home I don’t pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You are a great kid and I love you!”
The son was so touched he began to cry. He finally uttered, “I was planning on committing suicide tomorrow, Dad, because I didn’t think you loved me. Now I don’t need to.”
The comforting, healing words of that dad seem to echo these words of Jeremiah from the Bible, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying, ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.’” (Jer. 31: 3). This could mean that God’s love draws out what is good and valuable in us, more and more.
Everyone is loved and needed by God. No one is excluded. If you feel excluded, it may be helpful to know that your life has its source in divine Love, and that you are not alone.
Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy placed great emphasis on God’s love for His creation. She realized the connection between divine Love and an individual’s self-worth and well-being. She wrote in her landmark book on spirituality, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation.” As one understands himself to be God’s child, the object of His unconditional, unending love, one feels deeply valued. This gives a peace of mind like nothing else.
So here is your honor: You are important, you make a difference. You have a life connected to God, and are precious to Him. You are uniquely loved. You are a winner!
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