2nd May 2017

Feeling Worthless?

“Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
I John 4:7-11 (NIV)

Isn’t it amazing that we live in a world with material blessings that our ancestors of a 100 years ago would have been amazed at, yet many people feel worthless, unfulfilled and unloved. Could it be that despite our houses, our cars, our PCs, our iPhones and iPads, and our incredible choice of food at the supermarket, that something is missing?

My Mother was born in 1916, in a poor area of Birmingham, yet all her family, Uncles, Aunts and Cousins all lived within three streets of her home. Materially they were OK, they had enough to eat, but what they really had was good, close family relationships. When my Mother talked about her childhood it was the relationships that she remembered, not any material things. As she and her cousins grew up, and partly as a result of the war when they were bombed out of their home three times, the family scattered to different parts of Birmingham and they lost the close relationships they had as children. Marriages, careers and the war meant, over time, many moved away to London and other major cities. They still kept in touch but more at birthdays and Christmas than on a daily basis.

But is the reason we are dissatisfied with out lives today, feeling worthless, unfulfilled and unloved, despite our material blessings, that we have lost those close family relationships? Families today are often scattered and many families also are shattered by divorce, which damages or destroys family relationships. Whilst we do have our amazing modern means of communicating by phone or computer, nothing can replace time spent together relating on a face to face basis and being in regular contact.

While we cannot magically repair family breakdowns or move all our family within two or three streets of us, through our churches we can find the opportunity to build relationships, and through teaching from the Bible show that you are not worthless at all. In fact, whatever your situation and circumstances, God loves you and wants a relationship with you. If you are feeling worthless and unloved, try coming to church for a few weeks and you may be pleasantly surprised at the benefits.

Prayer
Father, in a world of materialism so many feel they and their lives are worthless. Please give them the courage to seek a relationship with you, and through that relationship help them to understand that they are loved and valued. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds Garden Village
Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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