We’re Made for More than Just Being Enough

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We forsake what we really want–being loved–when we settle for being impressive. –Shauna Niequist, Allume 2014

Impressive. Who doesn’t want to be that? In this era of garnering followers and likes and fans, impressive can feel like the point of it all. We easily fall into the trap of settling for being impressive—of trying to elicit respect, evoke awe, arouse admiration—online, at work, in our communities, as we enter the holidays and ponder what people expect of us.

Funny thing is, we actually are impressive. God wired us that way–to reflect his image in big and small ways, all of us through time revealing pixels of who he is.You and I are amazing. But we’re made for more than even that.

We weren’t made to be amazing. That’s just a side-effect of being made by an amazing God. We were made to be loved. {tweet this}

YOU were made to be loved.

Even before he made the world, God loved us . . . God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. –Ephesians 1:4-5

Loved before God made the world. Chosen to be adopted since long ago. Wanted. Not because of anything intrinsically impressive in you or me, but because it made God happy. Because the thought of us, long ago, made him smile.

And still does.

Yes we each have a purpose and calling. Yes, we have something important to do. Yes, we’re each gifted with strengths and experiences that combine to shape who and how we change the world for the better.

But above it all—before it all—we are loved. 

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! –1 John 3:1

We love each other because he loved us first. –1 John 4:19

We’re loved whether we pull off a pretty holiday meal. Whether we say the right thing at a gathering. Whether we give gifts or don’t give them in order to share with the poor (or because we are the poor). We’re loved when we get it right, when we mess up, when a thousand people like that Facebook status or we think nobody sees and we cry alone.

Let’s not forfeit being loved for the sake of making an impression. Let’s remember we’re made for more than that. And maybe serve up some of that truth for each and every person we encounter too.


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  1. Jane Franks says

    You are so right, Laurie. And it is such a freeing thing to remember! I just returned from my journey to Martha’s Vineyard! It was an amazing journey for me. And now I’m sitting quietly waiting on the Lord to see what it all meant. I love sharing it, but it’s the connection with friends who are encouraging members of the body; who pray and give good advice. These are the things that matter — not, as you say, making an impression. That is so superficial and unsatisfying. I’ve been there, but not anymore. The Lord shows me just to be loved by him, and share what he lays on my heart. And there is a far greater joy in seeing relief and recognition on another’s face, that God loves them, too, than any amount of fleeting prestige that might come from making an impression! The fleeting, “surfacy” things never last. The true joy of the Lord lasts forever! Thanks for sharing this!

    • says

      Yes, this: “there is a far greater joy in seeing relief and recognition on another’s face, that God loves them, too, than any amount of fleeting prestige that might come from making an impression!” So true. Sounds like you’ve got some dear ones who give that to you and for whom you can do that. Such a gift. And glad to hear of your refreshing trip!