“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36).
Sometimes we feel like we’ve ended up on the scrap-heap.
My friend has been out of work since late last year. What’s somewhat “normal” these days, is that when you reach your fifties, no matter how much experience you have, you can end up unnecessary and redundant in your job. Maybe begin to lack confidence–like you’re only good for the scrap-heap.
Though our government wants us to work till we are around age 70, employers don’t seem to value anyone over 50 anymore. And the flip side is, it’s also difficult to gain employment in your 20s and 30s because you have “no experience.”
Doesn’t leave us a lot of valuable working years.
Thank goodness God doesn’t see us like that!
Everyone is of value to God.
No matter our experience, our abilities, or as many of us would identify with–our health–God still values us. He still has a job for us to do. We are never redundant to Him.
Maybe you had an important job before you got sick; maybe you felt useful and valued back then and its difficult to see or feel that way now.
Friends, remember that God doesn’t measure our worth as the world does. What we can still achieve for Him, no matter how small it may seem, is of greater value in God’s economy, than the highest paid job out there.
I remember reading a quote once about the Christian life: “The retirement benefits are out of this world.” That’s so true–our reward for what matters, will be granted in heaven.
Instead of seeing our lives as less than “before”–on the scrap-heap–we need to keep trusting God to use and guide us to what is still possible. Believe we can still make a difference for Him.
Prayer: Father, if we feel that the world sees us as only good for the scrap-heap because of our illness, or compared to what we once did, remind us again of how much You love and value us. Help us to be aware of and willing to see, ways we can still be used to extend Your kingdom here on earth. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He continues to teach her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
How has God shown you, you are still useful to Him and not only fit for the scrap-heap? Is it sometimes hard to believe you can still make a difference for Him?
I could personally relate to Fiona’s devotional as my husband returned to college this week to change careers at the age of 50 after 9 months of unemployment. Life and its securities is so fleeting, isn’t it? This is Laura Story singing “I Can Just Be Me.” Let us cling to the fact that we are always precious to God and that we can always gain experience as we walk on His path–especially in ways of suffering. Hugs to you. -Lisa