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You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Significant

Read this if you ever wonder if you are important or if your life matters:

“You and I, on the other hand, are not abandoned; we are God’s adopted children, Jesus’ brothers and sisters. We are in God’s family and we matter to him. So don’t tiptoe into God’s presence, trying to find the secret of attracting his attention. Just say, “Hello, Father,” and know that he absolutely loves to hear your voice.

When I was young, my dad was a busy man who traveled all over the world. When he was in the office, it could be a challenge to get past the switchboard and secretaries to reach him. For this reason he gave a few select business partners, his wife—and us kids—his private number. We knew that no matter how busy he was, we could call him anytime and be sure of reaching him. He loved to hear our voices that much!

These days I also have a private line that rings at my desk. I’ve given the number to a few colleagues to use in emergencies, and I’ve given it to my wife and children. I’ve told my kids they can call me anytime for any reason. Believe me, no voices sound sweeter to me than theirs. When I hear “Hi, Dad,” I don’t care what I’m juggling. It can drop. My children are top priority to me.


God is interested in your prayers because he is interested in you. Whatever matters to you is a priority for his attention. Nothing in the universe matters as much to him as what is going on in your life this day. You don’t have to pester him to get his attention. You don’t necessarily have to spend hours on your knees or flail yourself or go without food to show him that you really mean business. He’s your Father and he wants to hear what you have to say.

Quotes taken from: Hybels, Bill (2009-08-20). Too Busy Not to Pray (p. 28 and 29). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.

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