You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are! — Eckhart Tolle
In other words, you are a child of God. You are so important that Heavenly Father sacrificed His own Son to bring you back to Him. You are important enough that your older brother, Jesus Christ, was willing to make that sacrifice.
Do you believe it? Do you believe you are really that important? Do you understand that you come from deity? Do you know that you have Heavenly Parents who long for your return?
I have no degree in psychiatry or psychology, but I wonder sometimes what the significance of being taught one is a child of God has on clinically depressed people. If they could actually believe who they really are, should that not have an impact on their mental state? I don’t know. I’m asking.
I can only speak for myself when I say that knowing I am a child of God changes things for me. In my darkest hours, I can feel wrapped in the arms of His love. No matter what happens, I know that everything will be okay. Everything is as it is supposed to be. I am loved. He guides me through the Holy Ghost. He’s provided a means for me to come home.
I like to sleep outside under the stars sometimes. Now that I’m older, it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, but there are occasional moments with my grandchildren. I keep my glasses case in my shoe so that I can lie in bed with my glasses on before I go to sleep and look up at the stars for a while. I feel so small in the vastness that surrounds me. Yet, in all that gigantic space, I feel so warm and loved.
That same feeling comes to me when I’m in the mountains, or I walk on the beach at the ocean. I’m just a tiny part of this grand plan, but I play a significant role. My Heavenly Parents are beckoning me back. They want me. They miss me. They are eagerly awaiting my return. How can I feel anything else but loved?
And while we may look at the vast expanse of the universe and say, “What is man in comparison to the glory of creation?” God Himself said we are the reason He created the universe! His work and glory—the purpose for this magnificent universe—is to save and exalt mankind. In other words, the vast expanse of eternity, the glories and mysteries of infinite space and time are all built for the benefit of ordinary mortals like you and me. Our Heavenly Father created the universe that we might reach our potential as His sons and daughters.
This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God. While against the backdrop of infinite creation we may appear to be nothing, we have a spark of eternal fire burning within our breast. We have the incomprehensible promise of exaltation—worlds without end—within our grasp. And it is God’s great desire to help us reach it (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Matter to Him,” Oct. 2011 General Conference).
Our Heavenly Father loves us, and He created everything we see specifically for us. Every tree, flower, bird, cloud, star—everything we see, hear, and touch—was all created for our benefit. We were given a giant classroom with gorgeous surroundings to inspire us to learn and grow.
How are we using that classroom? As a child, there were days in school when I was excited to learn and couldn’t get enough of what the teacher had to offer. I would beg for more. Then there were other days when I didn’t want to be there and sat in the classroom staring at the ceiling, counting the holes in the sound proof ceiling tiles. I couldn’t wait for the bell to ring so I could escape what seemed like prison walls. No matter what the teacher did to inspire me to learn, it fell on deaf ears.
When I look around me and see the things Heavenly Father put here to inspire me, I wonder if I’m still that little girl. Some days I soak in all the learning I can get, while other days I stare off into space, or watch hours of television that adds nothing to my eternal progression. How much time have I wasted here that could have been spent learning what I will need later?
I want to fulfill my divine purpose, because I want to return to my Heavenly Parents. When I fulfill my own divine purpose, I fulfill God’s purpose. I feel so loved to understand that all of this was created for me—because He loves me.
You are a child of God. You are here to fulfill the divine purpose of the universe. You are important. You are loved. You matter to God.
Tudie Rose is a mother of four and grandmother of ten in Sacramento, California. You can find her on Twitter as @TudieRose. She blogs as Tudie Rose at http://potrackrose.wordpress.com. She has written articles for Familius. You will find a Tudie Rose essay in Lessons from My Parents, Michele Robbins, Familius 2013, at http://www.familius.com/lessons-from-my-parents.