Words of Grace
What are you worth? From time to time that question comes up in our lives and it usually hurts. So many people and things can make us feel devalued or undervalued.
The boss rejects your raise. The client fails to show up for the appointment. The friend doesn’t call. The child won’t talk. The spouse hasn’t the time. No one notices your extra effort. No one cares about your pain. It isn’t hard to begin to think you have no value.
I have been there. Work hard and get only criticism. Work late and no one cares. Work faithfully and people walk away. Carry the burdens of others and have no one who walks with you.
Someone once said, “Everybody wants to be somebody to somebody.” We need to know that someone notices, that someone values us.
You are valued! There is One who suffered for you because He loved you. To Him, you are the pearl of great price, the apple of His eye, the treasure of His heart. God has not forgotten you. To Him you are very special.
Jesus told His disciples to trust in the Lord.
Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 (NKJV)
It may not seem like much to be compared with sparrows, but the point is that God knows you. He knows all about you and He loves you. Jesus went to the cross for you.
So, no matter what happens around you, you are valued. You can shrug off the insensitivity of others by reminding yourself of the truth. You can stand up and give yourself words of affirmation based on the truth of the Word of God. He loves you. He values you.
I am valued.
The God of the Universe loves me.
He has gone to great lengths to reach out and connect with me.
He has forgiven me and welcomed me.
I am valued.