Afterthought – Blog Carnival

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Welcome to the One Word At A Time Blog Carnival โ€“ this weekโ€™s word is: Afterthought.

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To see all of the upcoming words and their dates, visit http://peterpollock.com/category/faith/carnival/

 

No-one Wants to be an Afterthought

 

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In my mind, an afterthought is something or someone you completely forgot about or just didn’t think about in the moment which you think about later and realize you should maybe act on.

Nobody wants to be an afterthought. Being an afterthought is like being the last kid picked in gym class or the girl who gets invited to the party because the birthday-girl’s mom feels guilty that they didn’t invite her.

No, deep down, most of us want to feel important, we want to feel like we were at the forefront of people’s minds, that we are significant, memorable and important to people.

Relationships fail when one partner begins to feel secondary, an afterthought. Friendships are ruined when one party becomes just an afterthought in planning activities and children are hurt emotionally when their parents are so caught up in themselves that they seem to forget about their kids and including them is just an afterthought.

It’s times of year like this, this Easter season that help me really appreciate how much we mean to God.

You see, to God, you and I are absolutely nothing like afterthoughts.

We are right there at the front of his mind.

Romans 8:28 reminds us that we are at the forefront of God’s mind… we’re not afterthoughts and we know this because God demonstrated his love for us by sending his son, Jesus Christ, to die for us.

That’s not an afterthought – that’s a carefully planned, loving act by a father who thinks of us constantly.

No matter how you feel you’re thought of by other people, remember this Easter that no matter how bad it is with people around you – you are loved by the creator of the universe and he loves you so much that he sent his own son to die for you to save you, not as an afterthought but as the most important thing on his mind!

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

8 thoughts on “Afterthought – Blog Carnival”

  1. Beautiful reminder, Peter.
    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  2. I am just now getting around to read your post… our thoughts are very similar.

    I am overjoyed to have been a forethought of God. I am greatly encouraged to know I am not an afterthought of His.

    I want to interact with others on the principle of forethought and not as an ‘oops’ moment or an afterthought.

  3. What’s funny is I forgot about the carnival–it was an afterthought but I felt like my post fits because I was examining something I had previously written and offering “thoughts after” them. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your reminder and you are so right. We get the opportunity to not only know the truth you’re talking about–that we are valuable, loved, and cared for by our Father–but we get to experience it over and over, every single day. Thank you, Peter. Blessings!

  4. Hazel Moon says:

    In God’s eyes I was planned, not sure about my parents – – ๐Ÿ™‚ In school I was the shortest one in class so when we lined up according to height I was last. Then God sent our class a midget and lo and behold she was now last! ๐Ÿ™‚ My maiden name was Stanton, so again I was almost last when we lined up alphabetically. In God’s eyes, I am first! Special and beloved. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Carol says:

    I was recalling our youngest son– not an afterthought. Your post has underlined the fact that I am precious in God’s eyes–not an afterthought.

  6. Amy Nabors says:

    So glad we are not an afterthought to Him. Great reminder Peter.

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