Worthless, Useless, and Hopeless?

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For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Yesterday was a nice day for our family.  Some of us got together to have a small celebration (all we can manage anymore!) for my mom's 95th birthday.  

It was a joy to celebrate with members of our family, not only being with my mom; but playing catchup with others lives.

My brother mentioned someone in his wife's family who has had a very successful (in the eye's of the world) life, retiring early - being rather wealthy.  

It triggered some old, old feelings in me.

Worthless.

Useless.

Hopeless.

Those feelings didn't last as long as they usually do. .  It was more of a passing thought.

But once again, God met me right where I was through Scripture.

I looked at that situation last night through the lens of the above verse.

The more I thought about it, the more awe-inspiring the verse became.  

We are God's handiwork.

Kind of difficult to think negatively about myself with that phrase so clearly stated.  Definitely not "worthless" if we have "Made by God" stamped on our being.

Created in Christ Jesus to do good works.

We do have a purpose in this life.  "Useless" falls out of play.  

which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God knew what my life would be like at this very moment.  He wouldn't assign impossible "works" for me to do.  I'm not always sure what these works are - but I can be assured that they are there - and accomplishable.

Hopeless?  When we have God to direct us?  No.

I started looking at the life led by the gentleman my brother spoke of. There is a reason he is where he is in his life.  He has his "good works" to do.  I have mine. There is a reason I am where I am right now.  Somewhere - in all of this - these "works" are around me.  Perhaps unseen at the moment, but there nonetheless. 

I know I will never be wealthy in the world's eyes.  But what wealth God has given me. Knowledge of Him, a God who considers me to be his personal handiwork.  With a purpose set in place by God himself.

The moments of revelation like this one - stand in stark contrast to the despair I can feel at times.  

It reminds me of an old poster I used to see years ago.

"God doesn't make junk."

I think I have, perhaps, taken one more step toward contentment.

Father God, I pray for each reader today - that no matter what circumstance they find themselves in they will realize they are God's handiwork, placed in this world for a purpose that can only be fulfilled by them.  Amen and amen.

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