Have you ever reached the end of the day and just felt so completely defeated? I have. Have you ever felt like you are completely worthless and meaningless? I have.
It becomes so easy to fall into this trap of despair, depression and loneliness, while it feels hopeless to even dream that there could be the possibility to have meaning in this life.
Just know, you are not alone. In the Bible, we see that David, Elijah, Moses, and Jeremiah all faced times of feeling alone, sad, and worthless. These are all men of great faith, who are used by God to achieve great things.
What I love about these men is that their weaknesses are not what we remember about them. We remember that David was a man after God’s own heart, that Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal, that Moses led the Israelites from Egypt, Jeremiah spoke to Israel to warn them. The Bible states in the book of Daniel that the people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits. What a beautiful promise.
We all go through periods in our life where we struggle with insecurities, moments of loneliness and some of us even battle depression. It may seem like you are surrounded by darkness. It may seem like you have nothing to give, but I promise you that nothing can be further from the truth. You, yes YOU, are special and have a unique call from God for your life. You have a purpose. You – YOU – will do great exploits for the Kingdom!
Paul wrote in Romans chapter 8, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Read these promises from God. Trust in His love for you. Nothing can separate us from His love. NOTHING. You may think that your mistakes disqualify you, but I am here to tell you that no matter how bad you may have missed it, no matter the mistakes you’ve made, His love for you is stronger than anything you can do wrong. His love is powerful and furiously pursuing you. Trust in His love for you. Allow Him to love you and show you what great things you will do for Him. He has called you. He LOVES you. He has a place for you to use your gifts and abilities for the Kingdom of God. So take heart, you are worthy; you are able; you are loved! You will do exploits, if you just trust in His love for you!
Shannon E. Taylor is a 2013 graduate from Rhema Bible Training College with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. In addition, she works full time as a teacher and has an undergraduate degree from High Point University in Communications and is currently working part time on her Masters Degree from University of North Carolina Greensboro in Communication Studies. She is also the second daughter of Dr. Edward and Janie Taylor.