Five Minute Friday: Nothing

By Jeanne Takenaka

I know I don’t usually post on Fridays. I learned about a concept of writing for five minutes on a one word prompt. i decided to take the challenge. I don’t know if I’ll post every Friday, but I want to try. These posts will be simpler and probably not as consistent as my normal postings on Tuesdays. I hope you’ll enjoy and join in the conversation.

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Nothing . . . 

What I felt like as a girl in elementary school. Taunted by classmates, teased and spit upon.

Made to feel less-than.

How is it that what other people thought of me became so important as to negate who Jesus created me to be?

Nothing . . .

In womanhood, I still struggle with feelings of being “nothing” in others’ eyes.

Insignificant.

Not worth others’ time and attention.

But God . . .

In God’s eyes, I’m not nothing. He created me with a purpose and

He loves me,

and that makes me something.

Something special to Him.

Something—someone—He has plans for because He loves me.

When I begin to feel like Nothing, I remember that in His eyes I’m Something.

Someone worth sacrificing for.

I’m something because He loves me. He sings over me, rejoices over me. He delights in me.

When people miss the Something that I am, I limp to my Father and remember that He loves me. In His eyes I’m something, not nothing. Not insignificant.

So it is with each person on this globe. Each person is a treasure. No one is Nothing in His eyes.

He holds each of us in the palm of His hand, cherishing us because in His eyes, we are something . . . something special to Him.

What about you? When you hear the word, “Nothing,” what comes to mind?

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12 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Nothing

  1. When I hear the word nothing the first word that comes to my mind is worthless. Oh how I can feel worthless. Thanks for the reminder that God thinks I’m something 🙂

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    • Isn’t it interesting that we equate “Nothing” with “worthless?” May we both remember that we are Something in God’s eyes. Thanks so much for stopping by, Erica!

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  2. Nicely expressed!

    For me, ‘nothing’ is part of “don’t mean nothin’ “, a mantra that became popular during the Viet Nam war.

    I use it – and should not – to distance myself from things that would otherwise break my heart. We’re supposed to have a soft heart, but sometimes things are piled there that can crush out its resilience.

    Don’t mean nothin’. Not a thing.

    But when I can face a personal tragedy dry-eyed and efficient – and I have – I’ve lost some of my own humanity.

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    • “Don’t mean nothin’.” I believe we’ve all been in a place where we said something untrue in an attempt to shield our hearts. Words and happenings always mean something, don’t they? The hope is that God can bring healing to the hurts in our hearts. Andrew, I always appreciate your perspective, and your way of sharing honest truth, even when it’s not easy to say. Thank you.

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  3. I agree with Beth. What a great post.

    Jeanne, children can be so cruel. Maybe surviving their meanness is one reason you have such a huge heart now. You are a great friend and a wonderful mother to your boys. If you lived in my town, I’d run right over and give you a big old hug and tell you how much God loves you. You are something special, and if you ever forget that, God and I will remind you!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. The thought of you being made fun of, spit upon…well, having met you at DTR (being the first and brilliantly lit up face to welcome a stranger into an unknown MBT world) this image makes my heart heavy. Yet I rejoice that the Lord has used that suffering to pull you into His arms of truth. So glad you KNOW that you KNOW He loves you completely. You are something really special!

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