Dashed dreams! Unfilled expectations! Crushed hopes! Yes, they sound like the perfect ingredients to make one feel like a ‘nobody going no where.’ Have we ever struggled with these feelings? Maybe they are the result of feeling unappreciated at work. Maybe they are the result of people not taking us seriously. Maybe they are the result of believing we have nothing to contribute.
In the movie, “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” Mr. Holland felt the same way after his music program’s budget was eliminated from the school budget. He wondered if those three decades of work had made any difference. From his standpoint he was a failure, but this is where he had to learn what we all do–perceptions are not always reality. He perceived himself a failure, but his students who gathered to honor him had to remind him they ‘were his symphony.’ How we perceive ourselves is not alway accurate. This is why it is imperative to allow God to shine His spot light on our lives. His light illuminates our lives in such a way that it reveals where our thinking process is not right. In addition to this it also highlights the love He has for us.
When we feel like a nobody, we are to open our lives up to God and remember how much He loves us. He can handle all of our fears and anxieties. He can remind us we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) God knows us, pursues us, views us as special, and loves us. When we remember this, those ‘nobody’ thoughts can be chased away.