If you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure
- 2013 Sep 22
And so you are no longer called outcasts and wanderers but citizens with God’s people, members of God’s holy family, and residents of His household. Ephesians 2:19 (VOICE)
The year I turned 13 my parents asked me what I’d like for my birthday.
I could have asked for anything but I requested an “I-Love-You” box.
I asked for a box filled with reasons why they loved me so that whenever I felt unloved I could pull one out and be reminded of the truth.
Growing up my parents never gave me any real reason to doubt that they loved me but still I still felt unloved.
In my head I knew the truth, that my family loved me, but I didn’t know how to overcome the unloved. I found my solution in an “I-Love-You” box.
On my birthday I opened up a little white box with thousands of pieces of paper from my brothers and my parents with the words “I love you.”
I still have that box somewhere.
That box did more than just remind me that I was loved, it reminded me that I belonged.
It told me that I was part of a family that embraced me.
That I was connected to a clan of people who would write “I love you” on a piece of paper and put it in a box with thousands of others just because I asked to be loved that way.
The other day I came across this quote that reminded me of that box:
Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure, remember to whom you belong. (tweet this)
In tiny letters underneath it referenced Ephesians 2:19. I pulled out my bible and flicked to the verse.
I read the words out loud – slowly – personalizing it:
And so I am no longer called an outcast and a wanderer but a citizen with God’s people, a member of God’s holy family, and a resident of His household.
I thought about that little white box, and those thousands of papers, and how the mixture of belonging had somehow loved me to wholeness.
Realizing I belonged helped me to feel less unloved.
I thought about God wants us to know how much he loves us, and what better way to do that then to tell us we belong in every way possible.
I am a citizen with God’s people.
I am a member of God’s family.
I am a resident of God’s household.
There is no loophole, no getting round the fact that I belong with God and to God. And that I am loved by God.
It’s been 17 years since I asked for an “I-Love-You” box but there are still days when I feel unloved, unimportant or insecure.
Perhaps I never needed that box after all, what I really needed was to read the words in Ephesians 2:19 until my soul believed them.
Until this truth was written on my heart:
I belong to God, and I am wholly and fully known, and loved by him. (tweet this)
Ponder: When you have felt unloved, unimportant or insecure in the past how have you dealt with it? How will this verse help you to behave differently.
Prayer: Lord, I’m having one of those days when I need to be reminded that I am loved and important to you. Help me believe Eph 2:19. Amen.
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