And Peggy

July 31 – And Peggy. You Are Not A Thowaway

3:213 – And Peggy. You Are Not A Throwaway

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Setting

My best friend and daughter love the musical “Hamilton“. I haven’t seen it yet but they told me about a character named Peggy. Basically, in the song they say “Angelica! Eliza! And Peggy!”. Peggy is such a non-character that she doesn’t show up in the second act. She is the third wheel and seen as not important. In terms of the show, she is a throwaway character. (As a note, my best friend sees himself as the “And Peggy” in many situations and is ok as he sees that his role is floating between groups and helping them out)

Many of us feel that we are the third wheel. Our married friends and us. The people in power and us. The cool kids and us. Those with money and us. It makes us feel that we are there but not important. We aren’t part of the in-crowd. 

With God, there is no “And Peggy” or “And You”. You are the prized child of God not made to be a throwaway person. God made you for a specific mission and purpose. You don’t need to be President of the United States to be important to God. 

Scripture
  • Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
  • Psalms 139:14 – I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
  • 1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
  • 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.
Reflection

You are not a throwaway. If you were, Christ wouldn’t have died for you. God wouldn’t have prepared you in your mother’s womb. You wouldn’t be fearfully and wonderfully made. You are not a side character in someone else’s story. 

There are times when I think I haven’t (fill in the blank) enough. I’m not known enough, smart enough, made enough, done enough. Then I see the care and compassion from my friends and realize that I have made an impact. As we are saying goodbye to Grandpa, I am reflecting on all of the lives he touched and all of the things he accomplished even though he was a simple, local man. He wasn’t famous, he didn’t “change the world” according to many of our standards. But he did. He touched countless lives. Grandpa Bob was not a throwaway character and neither are you. 

Don’t ever think that God made you to be a side character or that you are throwaway. You are special, needed, loved and a central character in God’s plan. He believes in you. 

Challenge

Do you feel that you are “and Peggy?” Reflect on the passages above. Remember that God made you specifically for a reason. You are not an accident. You are here to change the world. The challenge is to redefine what changing the world means. What you do and how you treat people is changing the world

Prayer

Father God, thank you for making us unique, special, and with purpose. Thank you for reminding us that none of us are a throwaway character. You have given us purpose and a mission. Help us refine our concept of impact on the world. Ease our hearts and minds when we try to compete with others for impact. You made them unique and you made us unique. Guide us, lead us, and reassure us that we are special in your plan, loved, and here because you chose us to be here. We pray all these things in your name, Amen.

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