My eldest daughter had her first day at primary school and was distraught to discover that there was another girl in the class with the same name.
“But daddy, how will you know which one of us to pick up at the end of the day?”
I replied, “Because only one of them is my daughter.”
This might seem silly to us grown-ups but maybe my daughter’s question is actually something we say to (or think about) our Father in Heaven. And maybe my response is a shadow of a truth that we adults need to hear from our Heavenly Father
How often in our lives do we honestly think that God won’t notice us?
I mean there are a lot of other Christians doing the same things as us….
When I heard God’s call clearly to start helping parents teach their children about godly sexuality I was so excited about the revelation He was showing me. I felt so special that He would call me to this task.
But then I discovered that God had called others to the same task. I was devastated. What’s the point in so many of us doing the same thing?
And the enemy whispered that I wasn’t unique, I wasn’t special, that I can’t have heard the call right. Anyway why would God call me to such an important task and besides who would listen anyway.
I was just like my daughter:
Wondering whether my Father truly notices me and knows who I am, whether he values what I’m doing.
I didn’t realise my uniqueness to my Father.
But what if their gifting is greater or their ministry bigger?
What’s the point of me doing the same thing when others are clearly more qualified.
Let me giving another example with my daughter:
On a parents’ evening at school when I go into to look at the children’s work displayed on the walls – is my daughter worried I’m going to only look at the pictures which are drawn the best?
By no means! She knows that I’m looking for her work. It doesn’t matter to me whether another child has drawn a particular picture better than her as I’ve only got eyes for her work as that is the one that is most precious to me.
So it is with our Heavenly Father:
God is not a CEO of a company with a limited number of positions that we all have to compete for. He is a Father that delights in the uniqueness of each of His children.
Suppose my daughter compared her work to others and saw that they were better and give up writing or drawing. I would be heartbroken. There would be a hole in my world.
So too with us.
If we could compare our ministry or gifting to others and give up because someone else is better we would break our Father’s heart. He values what we are doing.
There is always room for another child in the Father’s family as every child is unique and brings a distinctive flavour to the family even if they do the same things/hobbies as each other. And only when they’re all present is the whole family complete.
There is room for you. Never fear.
Father, open my eyes to see you as the perfect father who delights in me, knows who I am and delights in the work I do for Him. Let me realise that there is a special place for me in the family and help me to bring my contribution to it no matter what others around me may be doing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
This is my second post on godly children – looking at how our children behave to open our eyes to how we behave as children of God. My first was a guest post on this blog.
An absolutely excellent article on this subject was written by Matt Stinton on the Bethel Music blog here. You won’t regret reading it.
PS If you own one of those sites that I spammed during my insecure days – please forgive me. Know that I now honour you by recommending your sites and resources to my followers and I create memes that honour the revelation you have received.