i know just how you feel. i used to also believe that was my name. i seemed to hear Everybody call me that. i had thought of myself as smaller, less smart, less important, and less likable than Everyone.
But we’re not alone. I have discovered others who have settled for feeling like a nobody. In fact, there are so many Nobodies around, I’m sure now they outnumber the Somebodies. This is a contagious phenomenon. Male, female. Teen, young adult, senior. Married, single, widowed. With kids, without. Comfortable, poor, rich. “Successful” in goals or struggling. The truth is, Everybody at one time or another feels at least a little bit like a Nobody.
Yet we allow ourselves to feel like nobodies by thinking that we are worthless. Whoever has told you that you are a nobody, whatever experience in your past that has stifled your true personality and discouraged you from reaching your potential in Christ is wrong, wrong, wrong! The only nobody is one who is a complete fool, one who respects no one and by choice lives for evil. One who views or treats another person as a nobody really feels like a nobody himself, just as he that does not respect others does not respect himself. You no longer need to believe a lie.
When we discover and appreciate who we are in God, we won’t feel like a nobody. But, then, how should we feel? We should sense an awe of God, yet come boldly to Him through Christ, therefore, humbly confident in Him. You agree, great. Or you don’t understand but want to. Have you surrendered to Jesus as your Savior? Make the wholehearted decision to serve God and let Jesus be Lord of your life. Spend time in prayer and in His Word, He will open your eyes to His truth about you and how you fit into the world, whatever life stage you are in right now.
What makes you somebody? It is who you are inside and Christ in you and what you do with what you have or don’t have; not your looks, talents, career, financial situation, or social position that makes you somebody. Without that expensive suit, perfect hair, envied car, those remarkable talents, ‘all the right connections’ or even a feel-good religion, does that Somebody truly feel like a real somebody on the inside? Could he or she be the same person, inside and out, with or without those things? Or a better person, perhaps?
Unfortunately, not when he is trying to be what he is not, or is using what he has to only appeal to others. You can only be someone else for so long before you ignore and stunt the development of who you are. Ever pondered on the fact that so many celebrities, accumulators of wealth and big name religious leaders go through an identity crisis? They never discovered who they are in God. In seeking out who they are and their life purpose, they became deceived by worldly things, religiosity or their notion of who others want them to be and lost themselves. (Yes, one can become be lost in religion. Jesus offers a relationship more than a religion.) Most importantly, they hadn’t yet found themselves in God, their Creator. Don’t let that become you.
Only a genuine somebody will dare to be simply him/herself, in humble confidence. He then need not be jealous of the arrogant. True character is admired, while outward things, only desired. Through one’s integrity in God, the real somebody will be respected for not settling to be someone else.
Our Creator knows us all by name. Friend, your name is NOT Nobody. He has called you a precious somebody all along, but like me in the past, you couldn’t acknowledge it. He who gave you your unique personality and wonderful gifts is pained when you cannot see who He made you to be and when you are left feeling hopeless, lonely or worthless First, accept yourself regardless of past failures (Through acceptance you learn; through learning you can change; with change comes progress.) Then accept yourself regardless of how others thought of you in the past, think of you now, or perhaps just how you suppose they think of you. Then give all those negative thoughts, feelings, hurts and sins to Jesus. Go ahead! Let the great Somebody heal you in every aspect. Empty yourself into the heart of God, to be filled with Him and the knowledge of who you really are. All you should be left with is all you need to be in Christ, His precious somebody. Can you do that?
As you draw from your God-given potential, appreciate who you are and who God is to you, continually, deliberately. Let God give you your worth. ( Acts 17:28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being. *) And you will know His hope. Then you’ll recognize there is nobody on earth who can replace you, or who can become the somebody you are meant to be in God!
Believing in who you are in Christ,
© Copyright 1997, 2012 Michele Vidor Krile
Welcome to week 5 of Poetry Devotions, the Fall 2012 edition. So glad you decided to join me here! For us in the Sisterhood study, Beth Moore’s Breaking Free, we are in week 5, “Rebuilding the Ancient Ruins.”
I have paired my Dear Nobody letter to this week not by my own selection. While I was looking yesterday on my computer for a poem with a similar theme to this week’s study, I saw my old copy of Dear Nobody that I wrote in 1997, originally for young adults. I was unexpectedly drawn to revise it and couldn’t get it out of my mind. I couldn’t concentrate on any of my poems for this week. After praying about it, I felt it was to be the devotional for this week. So be it! I will get Devotions 1-4 on my new blog throughout the upcoming week. Comments and prayer requests are welcome.
Have a confident rest of the week in God,
Scriptures to Guide You, In Context
Paul talks about how we belong to God and our life is in His control, regardless of how religious or important we feel apart from Him: 22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”
In Philipians 4:12, Paul explained how his identity in Christ allowed him to be content and have strength for anything. He said, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”