From dictionary.com: a noun

  1. a small mechanical device, as a knob or switch, especially one whose name is not known or cannot be recalled; gadget :
    a row of widgets on the instrument panel.
  2. something considered typical or representative, as of manufacturer’s products:
    the widgets coming off the assembly line.

I have been meaning to write about this for a long time.  Last year I had this memorable conversation with an American physician colleague who was also serving at Tenwek.  We were talking about people as widgets.  And I have not stopped thinking about it.

What we discussed was that no matter how much education you have or what your job is, it is often true that WE (people in the workforce) feel like widgets.  Not that widgets should have feelings.  But you know what I mean.  It is this sense that we are nameless, replaceable, just a cog in a wheel.  My observation is that many of us have frequent thoughts and feelings that go like this, whether we admit it or not.  Many of us are burned out or are getting there; we are made to believe we are generic and not special in any way.  We do not feel appreciated or valued.

My physician friends and colleagues, I know many of you feel the weight of this on your shoulders.

I would ask you to consider what our Heavenly Father says about us.  There are some deep thoughts about this in Psalm 139, where scripture reveals that we are known to God and that each and every one of us matters.  And that we are created in His image to do good works, things that count in this world and in eternity.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

So when you find yourself just doing that next mundane thing, please remember your eternal value and think on these scriptures as pertains to you, your value, your little yet important place in this world.  There are specific things that ONLY YOU were created to do and particular relationships that ONLY YOU can have!

Go into each day waiting to see what God’s grace will provide.  From Ann Voskamp:





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