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Somewhere between the industry (sometimes drudgery) of our days turned years, we might be lulled into thinking our life hasn’t made an impact.

Possibly at the halfway point in my life (only God knows for sure), I’ve been earnestly reflecting on the state of my personal nation. I’ve painstakingly decluttered my schedule, and am doing the same within my home – and though I know it’s a lifetime effort, my thought life hasn’t escaped this scrutiny.

Since our inner thoughts form our external actions and reactions, constant decluttering is needed. I’ve noticed there’s a relentless battle for our minds in the form of a steady offering of lies. Fortunately, we can choose whether or not we allow these and other superfluous junk to clutter up our thought life.

My most recent battle was the unsettling feeling that my life hadn’t amounted to much. Whether a mini mid-life crisis or melancholy, it was an idea worth wrestling with.

Along with a plethora of tactics, the enemy of our soul would have us believe our efforts have been futile in hopes of devaluing us and rendering us ineffective for future difference-making.

Battling for truth is critical, because in doing so we cancel out the lies.

And the truth is, my life matters, your life matters, our collective lives matter. You were created for beautiful acts of worship only you can perform on this earth.

Every time you create, love, and live true to who you are, you make a difference. Fingerprints on the things you touch get impressed into the lives of those around you, which, in turn, encourages them to keep running the great human race.

Every time you cheer another on, you make a difference.

Every time you relinquish some of your time to another, you make a difference.

Every time you put into motion one of your creative ideas, you impact your circle of influence.

Every time you love, you fill a human tank with more fuel to keep on.

You see, your life will never be wasted.

Even if lived in a rather unremarkable fashion, your life is remarkable to the One who fashioned it.

Even if you never hear how any of your actions impacted another this side of heaven – even if you never get an award of recognition or some trophy to put on your mantle – God says:

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”  ~Revelation 22:12-13

Satan would have us to believe that both our good deeds or our not-so-good ones are of no consequence. That way he can feed us the lie that none of this matters. Make no mistake, it all matters! This day, moment, this very breath matters. It’s a gift you can wrap and give back to God and this world.

May you live in deep understanding of God’s love and acceptance of you and know you – and your life – matters.

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  1. What lies are you believing that simply aren’t true?
  2. Ask God to show you the truth and listen to how He answers.
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