Monday, November 19, 2018
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Some of our great moments as a family have been spent watching those old videos, which now thankfully have been converted them to DVDs. Yeah, they are at a time when we were all a lot younger. For a while, our firstborn had the camera all to herself. Then we added a co-star-her brother. Then along came another subject for the lens-a baby brother! And, of course, some of those camera-worthy moments are when your baby or toddler is winning some of their first victories, right? Doing some of those things that are irresistibly cute. You know? So often the camera was focused on our daughter's little brothers. So you'll be watching one of them doing some adorable thing when suddenly this five-year-old girl jumps into the picture, waving and smiling right into the camera, blocking the view of everything else. It's almost as if our daughter was saying, "Hey, remember me? I'm over here! Don't forget me!"
I'm Ron Hutchcraft, and I want to have A Word With You today about "Unforgettable You."
Left out of the picture; that's not just a feeling reserved for little people. Maybe it's a feeling you know all too well. Maybe you're feeling pretty much forgotten right now, out of the picture, left out, passed over, neglected, on the margins. It's a painful kind of loneliness that leaves you crying out inside, "Hey, I'm here, too! Remember me?" In fact, maybe you've done some pretty wild things to try to get in the picture, but your efforts to be noticed or accepted or loved have just left you feeling worse.
I want you to know there's someone who considers you unforgettable. This is not just some sentimental platitude to try to cheer you up today. This is a life-changing reality that can forever change how you feel about yourself, and that can open you up to the love of a lifetime.
Listen to our word for today from the Word of God. It's a powerful guarantee that you are never forgotten. It's in Isaiah 49:15 and 16. God says, "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands."
It's sadly true that sometimes even the person closest to you can seem to forget you. Every human love is going to disappoint you at some point. But the most powerful person in the universe says, "I will not forget you." You see, He can't. He has you engraved on the palms of His hands-in nail prints.
The Son of God knew you had forgotten Him. We all have. We've lived most of our life with our back turned to our Creator, doing what we wanted instead of what He wanted. And He knew that, unless He intervened, you would be separated from Him for all eternity. That's the built-in penalty for our sin. But Jesus loves you so much that He left heaven to go to a cross to take your hell. And now, whenever He looks at His hands, He sees the evidence of how much you mean to Him-the print of the nails.
But He doesn't force His love on you. No, you have to give yourself to Him. From the moment you do, you begin a love-relationship that you've been missing your whole life. You will never be alone again, never unloved, never abandoned again. You have walked into the strong and safe arms of the man who loved you enough to die for you and has His arms wide open when He died on that cross! So His arms are wide open today to welcome you home to Him.
You want to begin that relationship with Him? Would you tell Him that? "Jesus, I'm yours." Go to our website and find out there information that will help you be sure you have anchored your love and your relationship with Jesus Christ. That website is ANewStory.com.
All this time you've forgotten Jesus, but He's never forgotten you and He never will. He loves you too much! He's got the scars to prove it.