There was a time when I wondered, ” If I died today, would anyone care? Would anyone notice? Would anyone be sad?”
You have or do probably wonder the same thing. It is so easy to forget the worth that we have and to focus only on our flaws and mistakes. We lose sight of the beauty that God has placed in us and we see only our dark parts.
We doubt that anyone truly cares that we exist.
After all, we are just one person in billions. Does our life matter at all?
Without a doubt, I can say that you, that your life, matters. You are here for a reason. You may not yet know that reason. It may not be clear for years yet. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.
Our lives touch so many other lives every single day.
In the movie, Its A Wonderful Life Clarence shows George what the whole town would have been like if he had never been born. And his impact was incredible. Even though he couldn’t see it.
I love that movie, but I have been tempted to think that maybe that lesson doesn’t apply to me. After all, what had I done? Not saved anybody’s life or provided housing for the needy or stood up to a corrupt man. In fact, I really haven’t done anything much to speak of.
But that doesn’t mean that I have had no impact upon the world. I am beginning to understand that now.
In the past week, I have watched a whole community of hundreds of students and instructors come together to mourn the loss of a friend. And I have been amazed and awed.
One fourteen-year-old impacted so many lives.
He made people laugh.
He was king of annoying pranks that we all ache for now.
He shared his struggles and through that others found that they were not alone.
And I don’t think that he ever knew how many people cared about him. How many lives he changed.
How many people miss him now.
I want to sit down with you, take your face in my hands and tell you how much you matter.
To your family.
To your friends.
To your community.
To the world.
Your life matters. You matter. You are priceless. You are seen. You are loved. You are not alone.
Don’t ever believe the lie that if you vanished no one would care.
Because we would. So much more than you realized.
Hold on to hope. 💖 Night will end.