Feeling Insignificant

We’ve all felt insignificant from time to time. We don’t get invited to a party or the store clerk is busy flirting with the bag boy so you feel invisible. It happens to everyone. Even David in the Bible must have felt insignificant in his father’s eyes.

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Jesse brought all his sons before Samuel to determine who would be king. When, in 1 Samuel 16:11, Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

Imagine how David felt when he walked in to see all his brothers there, yet he hadn’t even been invited. In his father’s eyes he was insignificant. He didn’t matter, and no one thought he could do the job so he was left out in the fields with the sheep.

It’s sad to see that today this still goes on where parents treat their children as if they don’t matter. Guys who are sperm donors instead of fathers, a mother who picks her children up from school and instead of talking to the child has her cell phone pressed against her ear, and there are those parents who get angry at the other and make the children pay for it.


God doesn’t put that much prep into something that is insignificant. – Shannon L. Alder, author


Even Christians treat others as if they are insignificant. All churches have cliques. The people who perceive themselves as being more important would never invite the ladies who clean the church to dinner. That would be beneath them. Yet, as Christians, we should treat everyone the same – from the minister of the church to the homeless woman standing on the sidewalk.

No matter how insignificant you feel, remember you are God’s child. You are very special to Him, and He loves you. That’s how David persevered. He had faith that He was important to God. No matter how small someone else makes you feel, you are never insignificant in God’s eyes. And because of that, you should never feel unimportant in your own.

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please let me know, and I’ll be more than happy to pray for the situation.

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