I was self-conscious when I was little – crooked teeth, “pleasingly plump” (as my mother would say), and had a fat nose (I tried putting a close-pin on my nose while I slept once … then yanked it off in seconds). Just felt I was never pretty enough, smart enough, good enough. Once in a dance recital, I slipped and fell right on my you-know-what as I left the stage. I was mortified; I just couldn’t win, so I felt worthless.
I ended up correcting my teeth, “some” weight, and actually like my nose now. But sometimes choices we make or that are made for us beat us down … the number of reasons we use to define ourselves can be endless and we end up feeling worthless. Why? We’ve felt ignored, invisible, insignificant, useless, undesired, ugly, unloved, or forgotten, all wrapped up in combustible packages of emotion. The truth be told, our worth has nothing to do with our feelings.
I heard a story once about a well-known speaker that started off his seminars by holding up a $20 bill. In a room of two hundred, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands immediately started going up. “I am going to give this $20 bill to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still, hands were up in the air. “Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground, spit on it and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Still want it now?” Surprisingly, hands still didn’t go down. Then he said …
“My friends, I think we’ve all learned a valuable lesson here. No matter what I did to this money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was worth twenty whole dollars no matter what I did to it. Often in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, spit upon and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless.”
In a world where what’s true and right seems to shift every day, it’s no wonder many people lead confused, unsatisfied lives. But here’s the kicker. No matter what has happened, we will never lose value in God’s eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, we are still priceless. The worth of our lives does not come in who we are but by Whose we are!
I’m going to stop listening to that old voice in my head telling me I’m no good and start concentrating on my real worth in Him! Will you join me?
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”