Welcome to the One Word At A Time Blog Carnival – this week’s word is: Afterthought.
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No-one Wants to be an Afterthought
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!