Called to be Seen – The Impact of Recognizing that You are Loved
Do you see that face? Do you see that FACE? It is the epitome of uncontrollable joy. It is a happiness explosion that reaches to his toes, just because I looked at him and smiled!
Have you ever been around kids? All they want is to be seen. They can hardly do anything without an audience.
Why? Because it makes them feel worth our time and our attention. It makes them feel important and valuable. It makes them feel loved!
My question is this, do we really change all that much when we grow up?
“How do you know me?” Nathaniel asked.
Jesus replied, “Before Philip called you, I saw you…” – John 1:48
Each one of us has an insatiable desire to be seen, known and loved. We want to be noticed behind our kids, behind our walls, behind our skills and accomplishments, behind our makeup, our forced smile, our Facebook pictures and our “I’m fine’s”. We want to be valued despite our mistakes and our bad hair days. We want to be seen and appreciated with all our mistakes so that we can feel free to fix them because we want to rather than because we have to in order to earn “love-ability” status. (Read also: Called to be Weak, Called to be Vulnerable)
Tall order? Yes, it is.
This is why mere human love cannot fill our insatiable desire for acceptance.
We judge without knowing it. Our patience isn’t infinite. Even when we think we love unconditionally, we still find ourselves acting at times anything but lovingly. This is why we need God (Read also: Called to Need God). This is why His love is the only thing that can fill our need for love (Read also: Called to be Filled).
Don’t hide from the love that you seek.
He merely needs to see you, in order to know you…. or rather, for you to feel known. And not just known, but loved, deeply and profoundly loved without reservation. Delighted in, regardless of imperfection. We are called to be loved. (Read also: God speaks your love language.)
Love is freedom
Because love is freedom. This is freedom. We are FREE because we are loved. We are free to be mediocre or to be great, to change or not to change, to work hard or not at all because it is not what we do that makes us beloved.
This is God’s vulnerability, our freedom… But it is also the proof of His love.
We will only feel true freedom when we feel true love.
Will you let Him see you today? What are you holding back?
What does this mean for us? -Called to share the love
We are made in the image of God. We are made with His capacity for love (despite how unaware of this we are and how little of this capacity we tap into). Let us resolve to help others to feel a taste of the freedom that comes from being seen and still loved.
See others behind the facades. Notice the person regardless of the situation. Know that that no one is alone. Everyone is hiding pain. Everyone is hurting. Everyone has their “ugly” beyond the good and the bad that is not always appropriate to share.
Know that everyone needs to be heard, seen, and valued, no matter what.
Observe. Observe before reacting. Understand all the facts before offering an opinion. Maybe don’t even offer an opinion or a solution, but simply recognize that sometimes all people need is a little compassion. Sometimes all they need is to be seen.
How are you being called to share the love? Has anyone shared this freeing love with you? Share your testimony below!