UNimportant and INsignificant

God's Masterpiece logo for blogTwo little letters at the beginning. They pull down, drag through and beat up. They take focus away from truth. INsignificant and UNimportant. Truth changed to lies.

As God’s Masterpiece, you are special. He created you uniquely to do good works that He also created specifically for you. Your part? Walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

As His original work, you are SIGNIFICANT. Through His plan, you are IMPORTANT. How? When the world sees a life walking in His ways, He is glorified… they see Him. He makes SIGNIFICANCE and IMPORTANCE exist in and through you.

INsignificance and UNimportance comes from a focus on what others think. They come from trying to create and control your own significance and importance. They are born out of comparisons.

Emotions controlled. Feelings ruled. Determined by UNimportance and INsignificance.

Truth does not need emotions or feelings. Truth first, then feelings and emotions only if they line up with truth.

Let truth erase those two little letters. Know that you are inSIGNIFICANT and unIMPORTANT to Him.

8-29-13 UNYou were prepared for a purpose with the Spirit given as a pledge. (2 Corinthians 5:5)

In Christ, you are a new creature. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

He chose you before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless. (Ephesians 1:4)

In Christ Jesus you are brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

Your new self is the likeness of God, created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Ephesians 4:24)

8-28-13 IN

He called you by His name and created you for His glory. (Isaiah 43:7)

He formed you for Himself to declare His praise. (Isaiah 43:21)

He equipped you for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:17)

He gave Himself for you, to purify as His own possession. (Titus 2:14)

You are God’s masterpiece. He has created you anew in Christ Jesus to do good things planned long ago. (Ephesians 2:10)

Please pass these words of encouragement along to anyone who might need them today.

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28 Replies to “UNimportant and INsignificant”

  1. I could not agree with you more Kari. Those two words ought to be dismissed from our lips and thoughts. A simple reading of the Bible will show how important we are to God and how significant we are. John 3:16 alone should be enough. Good thoughts.

    1. We definitely need to get rid of those prefixes! The question I keep asking myself is why I let those words get to me more than God's Word. Culture is so strong, but I am so thankful God is way stronger!

  2. At times it is a struggle to push truth into the spots where feelings root themselves and even at times we don't want them pushed away. We value our feelings at times more than we value truth.

  3. Thanks Kari! It is so easy to listen to the lies. I am learning to recognize them sooner, and when I do I immediately remind myself of God's love and plan for me. It is like negative thinking. When I start to feel dissatisfied, or want to complain, I try to change that thought into gratitude for this moment, where I am, how I am blessed, how loved I am by God. It really is helping me as I focus on God's promises. Thanks for sharing so many good ones!

    1. Believe me, I am speaking to myself here and just figured that others might need it too. I'm finding that the attacks are coming in more directions these days. I can stand up under one or two that are in front of me, but when I get hit from the back too, then it's hard to know which way is up, down, north, south, etc. His promises are true, and we need to focus there. So thankful for His Word!

  4. Very significant and important message. Good thoughts to read this morning as our family gathers to celebrate my younger brother's life (he stepped into eternity Monday morning).

  5. Great words of encouragement. I was feeling that way a few weeks ago–like a nobody amongst people who have accomplished what I would like to do. God has given me encouragement to do something that I thought I wasn't capable of doing. I will be working on a major project in homeschooling and unfortunately have to let something go to make that happen. For the time being, I will not be posting on The Inspired Day (an explanatory blog post is forthcoming). Just wanted you to know as you've been an encourager. I don't plan to disappear from your blog, however. Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. I am both encouraged & disappointed by your comment. Encouraged because I am waiting for that "project" sort of breakthrough myself, but more so because I am thrilled for you! Disappointed because your blog posts are like a regular shot-in-the-arm sort of encouragement for me, so I will miss them. Then, encouraged again knowing you'll still be making a presence on my blog. It just wouldn't be the same without your insightful comments.

      1. Kari, thank you so much for the kind words. It’s hard for me to let it go because of people like you. Kari, you have the wisdom and the writing skill to do whatever God calls you to. When the project comes up, you’ll know. My husband said, “It’s like everything you’ve done has been preparing you for this.” I loved that he said that, but I think we can all claim that as truth for our lives.

        So glad we crossed paths and can continue the conversation. I look forward to hearing when your project comes up.

        1. Thank you for the encouragement. Looking forward to keeping touch via my & other blog comments. Keep me posted on your project too. I am sure it will be a fun ride for you!

  6. I love the encouragement and I really love those verses from Isaiah 43, one of my most favorite chapters of the Bible. I think it's helpful to focus on the greatness of God and then to remember that the Creator of everything choose to love me and have a relationship with me. That makes all the difference!

  7. Encouraging post Kari…the battle for our joy which is our strength goes on till we are called home. You just pick up the sword with those scriptures. Thanks for battling for those of us who read your post.

    1. So glad you found encouragement in this, Betty! I have been saying "the joy of the Lord is my strength" a lot lately as a sort of reprogramming process. We do need to battle together, don't we?

  8. There are times in my life where this is exactly what I need to hear. I'm thankful for the encouraging words of God which remind me of who I am in him. So many of our problems could be solved if we could just see ourselves through Christ's eyes!

    1. I am learning more and more that I need to see myself through His eyes before I get into Bible study or writing or parenting or whatever I do in life. Focusing on His grace and mercy is once again transforming my perspective on life and my view of myself.

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