Call it our search for worth. Value. Self-esteem. Different words, same journey. We want to know without a doubt that we matter. We want to be satisfied with who we are at the deepest level of our soul. We want to be significant.
Some look for significance by following the roadmap of personal success, believing that performance dictates value. Some seek continuous affirmations from friends and colleagues, frightened by the notion that we may displease someone, believing that approval dictates value. Still others pretend not to care, believing that independence dictates value.
But a powerful truth holds the key to discovering our significance. God has assigned you your worth. God who is supremely intelligent and all-knowing. God who stamped his own image on you. He has created you for a purpose that no one else can fulfill. You have gifts, abilities, and characteristics that are uniquely yours. When you leave this earth, no one can replace you. No one else can ever be you. And that is what makes you significant.
Viktor Frankl wrote, “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out, a concrete assignment, which demands fulfillment therein. He cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”
God has called you to this time, to this place, for a specific purpose. In the history of the entire world, there has never been another “you.” And there never will be. You are significant.