Have you ever felt forgotten? Abandoned? Neglected? That no one cares? We have "friends" but they have not called, texted or Facebooked us. We've had few "likes" on our Facebook or Instagram posts and none from those who mean the most to us.
We've all probably been there a few times in our lives. We find ourselves self absorbed. Life has become all about us. Our narcissism has risen to a whole new unhealthy level. One of the greatest tools of Satan is to serve up a pity party pill. He loves to have us become consumed with our own pleasures and heartaches. Most of us have recently seen the video rant of ESPN's Britt McHenry as she verbally bullies and berates another person
Christians are not immune to this pity party. Often we walk onto the church campus on a Sunday morning and wonder if we'll be noticed by anyone or if the church staff notices or greets me. We hear the music and message and find problems with the delivery or the way the worship was carried out, and stop to share our complaint. Why? Because the service was about me and what I desired!
I've been there and still find myself there from time to time. But thanks be to God who reminds me that I am not the focus or center of my own life...HE IS! God has a plan and purpose for me every day and it is to be a blessing to all whom I encounter. That teaching moment is often missed by church leaders as they hear the griping and complaining of church members. Leaders will listen and often attempt to change the way worship occurs so that the hissing of the slithery snake goes away. What should occur instead is to guide and remind the church complainer that there is a higher purpose to the worship, and it is to Praise God and bless all who enter the sanctuary.
I've never been forgotten. God is ALWAYS watching, listening, caring, loving, blessing, serving, guiding and challenging me to love him and live for him. Look up and see God in the face of a child or in the glow of the moon or in the heart of an angry person who is attacking you. God is always protecting you and wants you to know you are loved by the Creator of the universe. Take a moment each day to be sure you are blessing the day and life of those who feel forgotten.