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Old 02-20-2009, 02:38 PM
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Re: Chaplain Larry Haworth


How often do you call somewhere and, instead of a live human voice answering, you get that all-too-familiar, “Please hold, your call is important to us”? I get it too often. I’ll admit, though, that I’d rather hear a recorded voice than just a busy signal. And, I do hope that the recorded voice is speaking for the human and that my call really is important to them. But I sometimes wonder.

Please take these written words as coming from the heart of a real person, namely me, when I say, “you truly are important.” We live in an age of synthetic voices, recorded messages, canned speeches, superficial come-ons, and awful sales pitches. It seems that, no matter where we go, what we do, or what channel we surf, someone is there saying how important we are. Trouble is, it’s not always so clear whether we are important to them because we are intrinsically important to them or whether they just want to get something from us. How much junk mail do you receive? How much spam clogs up your email? You know you’re important to the senders of this unwanted stuff. You also know that you’re important only because they want something from you, mostly money. Not that they are or are not worthy organizations or people, but they may or may not even know you. You are important, not for yourself, but for what they want from you.

On the other hand, as I already said, you truly are important. Like, when you call a friend and get their answering machine. They aren’t home at the time and the answering machine says to leave a message and they’ll call you back. Then, a while later, they actually do call you back. That makes you feel important to them, doesn’t it? Of course, it does. That’s because when you’re important enough to your friend that he or she goes to the trouble to return your call, you are reassured that you are important enough for them to take the time and effort to call you just as they were important enough to you to make the call to begin with. My wife and I recently moved into a retirement community where we knew absolutely no one. However, everybody who lives here is retired military, the kind who are usually easy to meet. We quickly became friends with our neighbors. They began calling us whenever they would be away to just let us know what was going on with them. They were interested in what was happening with us too. We were important to them and we felt it. They were important to us, for sure. Within days of moving to a new home we’d gained new friends! How can you beat that?

I assure you that you are just as important as our new neighbors or as we or as anyone else. Think about it. Your importance isn’t dependent on how you feel about it. I remember some years ago when I was in a real funk. I was going through a hard time and I really felt down and very unimportant to anyone, except maybe to my immediate family and they were clear across the country. Then, a friend, who I’ll never forget, said to me, “Larry, if you knew how others feel about you, you wouldn’t feel that way about yourself.” That was well over thirty years ago. I assure you that the same applies to you. You are important. You are important in and of yourself. You are important just because you’re you. You’re also important because someone loves you. You are important because you have something worthwhile to someone else, whether near or far. It may be great or it may be small. You may be overwhelmingly talented or you may be normal like most of us. But you are important. You may or you may not feel it, but you are.

Finally, let me remind you that you are important because God made you and He says you are important. You are not an accident. You were planned by God and you are loved by God. Whether you feel it or not, you are loved and you are important. If God said you are worthy and you are loved, then you are. Jesus said in Matthew 10:29-30, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penney? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” The Bible also says, in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son….” The world includes you and me. That’s how it is.

Indeed, you are important. So am I. Never forget that. OK? OK.

God bless you. God loves you. So do I.

Chaplain Larry Haworth

San Antonio, TX 78239
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