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You Matter

A couple of years ago, I was at the Re:Write Conference and got to met several writers like myself. One of the keynote speakers was Mark Batterson. I had read a few of his books and was excited to meet him in person. At dinner, before his keynote address, I met a guy who went to his church. He is one of several thousand who attend one of the satellite churches in the Washington, D.C. area. After dinner, he and I were talking and as Mark walked by, he stopped and said, “Hey, Nathan! How’s the conference going?” After the brief conversation, Nathan turned to me and exclaimed, “Mark Batterson knows my name!”

It was one of those moments where I was excited for him, but also a little envious. I thought, “Man, it would be cool if Mark knew my name.” It got me to thinking about how God knows my name. In Isaiah 43:1, God says, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name.” There isn’t a person alive or who has ever lived who wasn’t known by God. Not only does He know our name, He knows the very number of hairs on our head (see Matthew 10:30)!

In a world of over 7 billion people, it’s easy to think you don’t matter. It easy to think your life is anonymous and unrecognized. When we feel that way, it feels like our efforts and sometimes life are worthless. We think, “What’s the point? No one cares. No one notices. No one knows me. I’m all alone.” That’s kind of how I felt at that conference. I was there by myself and several of the other writers knew each other. I felt like no one would notice if I just disappeared. I was hoping someone would know my name like Mark knew Nathan’s.

We don’t have to feel that way. Even if no one else knows us, the creator of the universe does. Even if no one else cares, you can breathe easy knowing that the King of Kings cares about you. Psalm 139:16 says, “Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” God cares enough about you and your life that He has planned out your life. He has already recorded it from beginning to end. He not only knows your name and the hairs on your head, He knows your daily life.

When you start to feel like your life doesn’t matter, remember that it matters to the one who matters most. When your thoughts stray and tell you that no one cares, remember that God is thinking about you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. God made you to specifically do what only you can do. When He formed you in your mother’s womb, He knew what your life would be like. He knew the feelings you were going to have. He knew that what you do matters because you matter to Him. He knows your name and everything about you and loves you still. Live today like someone who is known by God.

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