Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The One And Only You

“Before doubt and accusation take hold, most little girls sense that they have a vital role to play; they want to believe there is something in them that is needed and needed desperately.”
Staci Eldredge in her book, “Captivating”, said that women "have an irreplaceable role to play in a great adventure.” That's not a message I've heard much from the pulpit. I’ve sometimes left church sanctuaries feeling like I was replaceable. Just another foot soldier. If I died in the mud on the battlefield, another would run over my lifeless body and take my place.
Replaceable.
The world today is pretty much made of replaceables. It’s cheaper to replace most televisions than repair them. You can add toasters and curling irons and cell phones to that list.  They all come with “guarantees” and “warranties” and addresses where I can ship my clock radio off for repairs if it stops working. But the shipping costs usually exceed the purchase price and an eight week turnaround wields a death shot to that option, so into the trash it goes while I go buy a “replacement.”
Is that why they call us the “throwaway generation”?  During the Depression people lived by the motto, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” There was a stockpile of wood and metal eight feet high in my grandparents’ back yard for years. If I’d moved into their place, that whole pile of junk would have been gone within twenty-four hours. If I need wood, I buy it. If I need metal, I ask Rob to buy it. I don’t re-use anything but plastic grocery bags.
We’ve got so much throwaway stuff in our culture, we’re drowning in it. We reward volunteers for picking it up from the sides of the road. But while everyone’s worried about reducing waste in landfills and saving the planet for our grandchildren, here’s a news flash: the planet will outlast us. It’s been here so long no one can agree on how old it is. Nobody’s throwing it away.
What I think has been thrown away is this truth – you are irreplaceable. You matter. Your life is significant, and it is significant and irreplaceable to Jesus. “I’m on your side,” God said in Ezekiel 36:9.  “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 asks. And if you collapse in the mud? “Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.” (Ps. 37:24)
You are not a number.  Not an account number. Not your social security number. Neither a demographic nor a throwaway. You are the one and only you.
You are significant. Irreplaceable. You are loved by the Lover of your soul. You matter.
Anything less is a lie.




With thanks to http://www.flickr.com/photos/calotype46/7374040874/ for this amazing photo.

4 comments:

  1. What an important message for all of us to hear. Thank you, Eula.

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    1. You're so welcome, Liz. :) Still learning, still growing here.

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  2. I loved Captivating. And this is an excellent reminder. Thanks. :)

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    1. I loved that book, too. There are tear stains on my copy - what a sweet balm it is to the starving hearts of women who don't know they're beautiful. I'm so grateful to know now that we were designed to love and give beauty - it's one reason we are each irreplaceable in the beauty we offer.

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