7 Reasons why you are Valuable

I think everyone goes through a period of time when they do not understand their true value. It may be during their adolescent years, or even as an adult. After I graduated from high school, I went through a very difficult, and lonely time.  My friends got married and went off to college, and I had no one to spend my time with.

For some reason I could not seem to make new friends; my severe acne did not help.  I gained weight and lowered my eyes whenever I met someone in passing.  I wondered why anyone would like me, especially a guy.

An attitude of, “I don’t care,” was my brand, but it simply wasn’t true.  My heart was full of pain, loneliness, and depression.

After about two years, I surrendered and cried out to God “I can’t take this anymore Lord.  What do you want me to do?  I will do it.”

That was the beginning of a wondrous time.  The Lord directed me to a very good church family, and I began to learn how much the Lord values me from Psalm 139.

If you suffer from low self-esteem, I have wonderful news for you.  You are fearfully and wonderfully made.  That means you are an “awesome wonder,” (The New King James Bible notes, p 1236).  In other words, you are a magnificent creation (Psalm 139:14!

7 Reasons why you are Valuable

  • God was thinking about you before he created heaven and earth.
  • He planned every part of you.
  • He gave you a purpose and everything you need to accomplish it.
  • He knows and understands all of your thoughts.
  • He is all around you and will protect you on every side.
  • He knew you before you were born and watched as you were formed.
  • He goes with you, no matter where you go.

I learned that am not measured by others, especially bullies.  Their opinions should not affect the way I see myself.  My self-esteem should always come from how God sees me. Likewise, your self-esteem should always come from how God sees you.

You have the choice to love God.  He predestined you to become his child before he made the world!  No matter who you are, or what you have done, God loves you.

He has a patient and loving attitude towards you, even though you are not perfect. Jesus, God’s Son, wants to make your life better.  He is waiting for you to come to him, but he gave you the choice.  Come to him today.

5 Ways to Tune Up your Spiritual Brakes

How do you know if your spiritual brakes are working as well as they should?

Suzy gripped the steering wheel until her knuckles turned white. The lump in her throat prevented speech, as she scrutinized the steep downgrade. She was tense, and Kirby could see it, “What is wrong?” he asked.

“The brakes aren’t working right,” she replied.

“A… your Dad just had them fixed. Pull over and let me drive.”

The car barreled down the gravel road

He jumped in the driver’s seat, but it wasn’t long before he realized she was right.  The car barreled down the gravel road while rocks flew from under the tires. In the back seat, I made note of the treacherous drop offs, devoid of guard rails. There was nothing to prevent us from careening over the edge.

Now was the time for Kirby to make use of his father’s teaching.  It was a good thing he listened; that knowledge could save our lives. He ignored possible damage to the car, and forced the automatic transmission into low gear. The engine hunkered down and slowed ever so slightly as we rounded the next curve.

We lurched forward

Then he spotted a slight incline on the berm and headed toward it.  As the car climbed uphill, he stomped on the emergency brake and slammed the gearshift into park. Of course, we lurched forward and jerked to a sudden halt in a cloud of dust, but we were safe!

Believers face the peril of temptation every day.  Are your spiritual brakes in good working order?  Learn to apply your heart to the counsel and knowledge of Wisdom, she will keep you from falling over the edge.

Five Ways to Tune Up Your Spiritual Brakes

  1. Pay attention to wisdom
  2. Tune your ear to the sayings of the wise
  3. Apply your heart to what wisdom teaches
  4. Keep them in your heart
  5. Have them ready on your lips

“Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.” (Proverbs 22:17-18 NIV).

Thirty Wise Sayings of King Solomon  (Proverbs 22:17 – Proverbs 24:22)   Saying 1