Mr. Holland’s Opus is a movie starring Richard Dreyfuss as a man named Glenn Holland, a musician and composer who takes a teaching job to pay the rent while trying to compose one memorable piece of music to make him famous. As the movie progresses over a 30 year span, Holland becomes more and more frustrated with his life as it appears that his dream will never come true. He begins to question his importance, his self-worth… essentially he begins to feel like a failure…nothing he’s ever done has mattered… he asks himself the question, “Has my life been a waste, do I matter to anyone?”
Have you ever felt this way: You’re not important, you’re not good enough, and you don’t matter? You work hard at your job every day but no one notices. You do everything to build a good relationship with your spouse and nothing changes. You work hard to love and support your kids but it seems to go unappreciated. You try and build friendships but no one seems to notice you, they don’t seem to care. Maybe you think, “I’m of no importance to anyone, what I do…who I am doesn’t even matter.”
Pastor Rick Warren said that one of our deepest needs in life is to feel secure… to feel valuable, to feel acceptance. Because of this we are constantly doing two things… evaluating and comparing, consciously and unconsciously. We judge ourselves by the world’s standards that really don’t matter. The problem with this value system is that it’s not stable. Beauty fades with age; possessions wear out; someone else will surpass your successes; and not everyone will like you.
Studies show that you tend to base your self-esteem on what you think the most important person in your life thinks about you. So I recommend you make God the most important person in your life because He will always love you more than anyone else, He will always be there for you, He will never let you down, He will always tell you the truth through His Word…YOU MATTER TO HIM…if no none else…YOU MATTER TO GOD.
The only solid foundation for self-worth is to realize how much you matter to God. When you see yourself the way God sees you, it will transform you. This Sunday we’re going to look at Psalm 139, written by King David. We’ll see that David recorded this Psalm in order to remind us that God not only created us, He knows everything about us, and He understands us. This Psalm is a reminder of just how much we matter to God.
As we look at this passage, we’ll discover what we need to remember about our relationship with God that should encourage us whenever we think that we don’t matter to anyone else.