We are just starting out and would love for you to join us! You can go right to this post to see the schedule, how to order the book, S.H.A.P.E.: Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life, and get started reading Chapter 1: Masterpiece, which is what we’re discussing today. So, get a cup of tea or coffee and join me for our VBC.
When Piper, one of my younger daughters, was little, I’d ask her, “Piper, what do you want for lunch? Would you like a PB & J, or a grilled cheese sandwich?”
She’d look up at me and say, “I don’t matter, Mommy.”
I’d ask her, “What would you like to wear today? You pink polka-dotted dress, or your purple one with green stripes?”
Shrugging her shoulders, she’d reply, “I don’t matter, Mommy.”
“What story would you like for me to read tonight, Piper?”
“I don’t matter, Mommy.”
Every time this cutie-patootie would tell me “I don’t matter, Mommy,” I’d say, “Oh, Piper, you DO matter. You matter much more than you could ever imagine.” And, without too much detail over the complexities of the English language and imprecise pronouns, I’d explain that what she really wanted to say was, “It doesn’t matter.”
For many of us, we stay stuck in the emerging linguistics of my daughter. We say to ourselves, to our family, to the world, and to God, “I don’t matter.“
When in reality, we do matter. We matter very much. God views us as masterpieces, His workmanship, clay in the loving hands of the Master Potter.
So here are some questions:
1. How often do you find yourself saying with Piper, “I don’t matter?” How does this impact the way you view yourself, relate to friends and family, and relate in circle of acquaintances?
2. How does it make you feel to hear that God views you as a masterpiece? Reflect on events from your past that hinder you from seeing yourself as God’s masterpiece and name them. You may share here, email me privately, or talk to a friend or spouse. But don’t skip over this. Give yourself time to thoughtfully consider what is keeping you from saying with the psalmist, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made….My soul knows it full well.”
3. If you have your S.H.A.P.E. book, did you take the survey on page 28-29. What category do you currently fall in? Why do you think that is?
4. Perhaps you have a sense of your Kingdom purpose, your special commission. Please share it with us!
Lord Jesus, you have created each of us fearfully and wonderfully. You have created us for Kingdom purposes that will glorify You and bring us joy. God, we need to have a perspective shift, to see ourselves as Your masterpieces so that we can step more confidently into the plans You have for us. Help us, Lord, so we can join in with the psalmist saying, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made … my soul knows it full well.” In Jesus’ name, amen.