For too long I’ve walked into my classroom with a negative narrative playing in my head: these kids don’t care, they don’t want to listen, they don’t like this subject, they definitely don’t like me. I became, in many ways, my own self-fulfilling prophecy. The students weren’t mean or anything, but by unconsciously keeping them at arm’s length, I kept them just far enough away that some of them lost interest. This wasn’t intentional, but when we stop seeing our worth, we stop realizing our usefulness, and in the end, we stop realizing the significant role we play in the lives of those around us.
Can I encourage you for a moment?
You are needed. You are needed in your family. You are needed in your church. You are needed at home with your kids. You are needed at work, at school, at the grocery store. Sometimes, we wrongly believe that we aren’t important in the lives of others, but this is a lie from the enemy to keep us from impacting the world around us. People need our shoulder to cry on, our words of encouragement, our prayers, our presence. Our lives have worth and meaning that far exceeds anything we can imagine. We are not products of random chance. We were purposely and divinely created to fulfill God’s purposes that have been planned in advance (Ephesians 2:10).
By failing to recognize my worth as a teacher, I missed countless opportunities to build connections and to impart wisdom with a greater number of students. It’s a mistake I never want to make again.
Keep in mind, it’s not about us trying to do more or striving to be better; it’s the work of Christ in us. He has equipped us for every good work (II Timothy 3:17). He sees us as worthwhile, so much so that He gave His life for us. Romans 5:6-8 reads:
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God’s best is a life lived in community and fellowship with others. Don’t listen to the lies. You are needed. You are worthwhile. There are people in your life that only you have access to. Don’t miss another opportunity to use your gifts in making someone else know they are worthy too.