So many people feel that they are not really seen by others, and it impacts their sense of well-being, their feelings of self-worth. The response can be a striving to be noticed, which can display as workaholism, or sometimes exhibitionism—a need to be louder, funnier, or more ‘out there’ than anyone else; or alternatively it can result in retreat—people who fade into the background, hiding from the world, the result of an inner belief that if ‘I am not noticed then maybe I am not worth seeing’.
True rest lies in knowing that we are already of immense value and significance. We do not have to work, or otherwise promote ourselves to be noticed, nor do we have to run away thinking of ourselves as unworthy of regard.
Jesus demonstrated His recognition for the individual over and over in the Gospel accounts, taking time out to address their particular needs and concerns. He taught that God knows even the number of hairs on your head; and that the Lord who notices every sparrow that falls to the ground, considers you of much more value [Matthew 10:29-31].
Not only that, Jesus thought you were worth paying the ultimate price for—He valued you enough to lay down His life for you [Romans 5:6-8, Galatians 2:20].
You do not have to search for significance—you already have it.
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