This is one of the devotionals for Say Something Nice Sunday published by First Baptist Church of Charleston, SC.

Delete Proof
Scripture Focus:
“I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able
to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
— 2 Timothy 1:12.
I just read a post that starts, “If you get deleted in the next week.”
Isn’t that our universal fear in life? We are afraid of being deleted.
We are afraid that we don’t count and that others don’t need us,
don’t see us, and/or don’t value us. We want desperately to belong.
That is the wonderful message of our Christian faith. We do
belong. We are a part of the family of God. No one can pluck us
out of his hand or delete us from the Book of Life. You can easily
delete me from your circle of friends. You can unfriend me on
Facebook. You can even cut me off from any future contact or
communication with you. You have the power to cut me out of
your life, but no one can interrupt my connection with God.
There are those who think that they can establish the criterion for
who is in and who is out of God’s family, but those decisions are far
removed from their realm of control. They are powerless to set the
rules. God alone has established the criteria and no human being
can alter it. “ …whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but
have ever lasting life.” There are no modifiers. We all belong if we
believe. Whatever our particular demographic, we belong. God is
love. It doesn’t get any more basic than that. God loved me long
before I loved him or even knew who he is. I do not need to worry
about whether or not I will be deleted from his great contact list.
He calls me by my name. My place is secure and so is yours.
Prayer Focus:
Dear God, thank you for the assurance that nothing can separate
us from your loving care. Amen.
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