Nearly every day for the past five weeks my email has been filled with requests to donate blood as the supplies were critically low. I wanted desperately to answer that call but after going twice and being rejected for a low hemoglobin I figured I needed to eat my leafy green veggies and try again in another few weeks.
But today, after reading yet one more plea, I threw on my shoes and dashed out the door to the nearby bloodmobile. And then nearly danced with joy when I learned I had reached the magic number and could indeed donate.
I’m one of those who has a very easy time donating: nothing about the process bothers me, I’m an easy “stick” as my veins seem to stand at attention just waiting for the technician to do his or her thing, and overall I just love knowing that something so seemingly insignificant can make such a big difference. In fact, donating blood truly does save lives.
I think we all deal with feelings of insignificance from time to time. No matter what levels of success we’ve reached or goals we’ve achieved, sometimes we just plain old wonder if our lives really matter.
Well, friends, they certainly do matter. Today my life matters to the person or persons who will benefit from my blood donation. Last Saturday Greg’s life mattered to the many people he assisted at the beautiful Access Life event, a place where people and families with disabilities could come for hours of free fun and entertainment. Greg tirelessly loaded people into kayaks all day long so they could escape a wheelchair for a bit and enjoy the freedom of gliding across the water.
Your life matters to your families in all the little and big things you do for them every day. Your life matters when you take dinner to a neighbor or teach a Sunday school class. Your life matters when you smile warmly at the store cashier and sincerely inquire as to how they’re doing.
And your life matters to God. Victoria Osteen sums it up very well in an article entitled “Your Life Matters” in The Christian Post (http://www.christianpost.com/news/your-life-matters-50652/):
You matter to God and every detail of your life matters to Him. Scripture says that He counts every hair on your head and bottles every tear that you’ve cried. You are significant, and your life is significant. In this day and age, people are considered to be important for so many different reasons-titles, positions, possessions, where you go, what you drive. But God’s value system is very different. If you’ve ever thought that God has too many other “important” things on His plate to be concerned about you and your life, know this today: You are God’s number one priority. And there’s nothing you can do to be more important or less important to Him. God values you simply because He created you. You are precious to Him, and your value will never change.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! (Psalm 139:17–18 NLT)
Be encouraged in knowing how much God loves you and relish the knowledge that God Himself finds your life significant!
And, please also consider saving a life by making a blood donation yourself at a nearby donation center.