As women, we deal with an ongoing dialogue in our minds, a struggle of the heart. Our conversations may use different words but they all cause us to question our sense of worth, our positions in the world, our value.
Take a few minutes to watch this video by Jeremy Anderson and when you’re done come back and join me here.
Jeremy uses a dollar bill to drive home his point about true value.
No matter what we do to the dollar – crumple it into a ball, stomp on it, or rip it in two, it never loses its innate value. It will always be a dollar.
He goes on to shares that life can throw some hard blows; our circumstances can take a real toll. But regardless of what we face, what we have experienced – we remain, YOU remain valuable.
At the end of the clip, Jeremy shares a few steps we can take to recognize our merit,
Pick yourself up… dust yourself off… and keep on moving.
These are all encouraging statements. Yet, I can’t help but feel that he may have left out something important.
Jeremy fails to share how we are to accomplish these tasks. How do we recognize our significance by picking, dusting, and moving?
I want to suggest that it isn’t enough to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and move especially if we continue to face the same old direction or continue to look for meaning in our careers, possessions, or status. Merely hoping our broken thinking or Satan’s lies will no longer influence us is not an effective plan. We have to change the scale by which we measure ourselves.
When it comes to a dollar bill, it has worth because, at some point in history, our founding fathers said a dollar is worth a dollar. It is more than just ink and paper, it can be spent.
In the same way, we have value, not because of our form and features, our possessions, or our cleverness. We have value because our Father has deemed us valuable.
In Genesis 1:27, we are reminded,
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. His creation, in His likeness, His image. And that truth is unchanging.
New International Translation (NIT)
We are created in God’s image, an unchanging truth. And because we bear His image, our identity, our purpose, and futures are orchestrated by God’s great hand. We can rest in this truth regardless of our pasts, faulty thinking, or Satan’s lies.
So the next time you are tempted to doubt your value. When the challenges of life attack your very core, please remember…
You bear the image of your Farther and in Him you are valuable. It is an inherited trait, a gift from God.