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I have to be honest with you. I am not particularly “happy go lucky” right now. Its been a rough day… last few days…

As I’ve gone about my days, I see/feel such hurt, pain & sorrow in the eyes of those that pass me by. Even in the eyes of those that are within arms reach.

  • Eyes of frustration, doubt, discouragement, anger, loss, hurt, rejection, insecurities, and pain.
  • Eyes that speak volumes.
  • Eyes that Scream, “I just want to matter”, “Does anyone notice me”, “Does anyone notice how hard I’m trying”, “Why did he have to leave”, “Why me”, “Why can’t they get it”, “How am I gonna pay this”, “Why can’t I be like___”, “Why, Why, Why”
  • Eyes that wonder if Living is “worth” the pain & suffering.

People are Hurtin’ and I’m ticked OFF!

Ticked off at how much ground the enemy of our soul gains with EACH emotion. Why oh Why do we, (preaching to myself), allow him such access? Why do we believe, for a second, that we are anything LESS than What The Almighty God say’s that we ARE?

Psalm 40:5 (NASB)Many, O LORD, my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.”

Psalm 139:7 (NLT) “I can never escape from your spirit! I can never get away from your presence!”

Psalm 34:22 (NASB) “The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.”

NO, this isn’t a pep rally… NO, this is not about reciting one or two verses and “all is well and dandy… NO, this is not some pat on the back – NO, NO, NO!!This means NOTHING if you Do Not Believe!!!

A very long time ago, I was a lost soul, I was the one hurting, searching to find my place in this world, searching to find someone to love me and tell me that I mattered, searching for help, searching for love in all the wrong places.

I tried taking my life by popping some pills, then immediately cried out for help (I wanted to matter to someone). Someone came, yelled at me for being stupid, and things went “back to normal”. I wanted to matter to someone and I just didn’t.

It would be many years before I found out that I did matter. I mattered to God (and please don’t cheapen this by referring to these words as being “Cliche”). My need to matter was VERY REAL and God gripped my heart like a Tidal Wave, like a Rushing River, Like an unexplainable force that GRABS your attention. He gripped my heart the way your first love does, that overwhelming feeling like your hearts going to explode within your chest. I Believed!

No, my life didn’t instantaneously switch to some “Kumbaya” moment – but my heart did. No, my situation didn’t instantaneously “change” – but my heart did. No, my hurts didn’t instantaneously change – but my heart did. Life, Situations & hurts are all circumstantial, and although our circumstances may not change, we sure can CHOOSE to have our hearts change.

I invite you to Choose Life! Choose to have your hearts changed!

You and I will have many opportunities to INFLUENCE a life, but we cannot influence without ourselves being influenced first. We cannot invite others unless we’ve accepted the invitation. I invite you to CHOOSE life. Have you allowed God to grip you? Do you know Him?

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 8:19 (NASB) *emphasis mine

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV) *emphasis mine

God desires to show up for you. He wants to change your life. He wants to be your answer. He desires to show you that You DO MATTER. He wants to show you that you DO NOT Have to allow everyone to be your security, you don’t have to give yourself away….. He’s inviting you. He will not FORCE Himself on you (what loving Father would?).

Whether you’re a non-believer, new-believer, or seasoned-believer, He still Invites!