We often underestimate our own personal worth. If we’re able to breathe and move, we have value. If we wake up each day with a sense of purpose; if we take time to listen; if we lift others up with words of encouragement we have a reason to be here.
Sometimes our own value gets set aside so we can spend more time on family. We may even become overwhelmed by the everyday mundaneness of life. We feel unwanted, unimportant, un-noticed and under-valued. The kids’ needs come first, the house is a mess, there are dishes in the sink, we haven’t even looked in a mirror. We put so much energy into everyone else, we forget about our own needs. Our hair needs help – our face is beginning to show signs of age. We have obligations with our job, our church our communities. We don’t have the time to get it all done.
It’s enough to make you give up – or at least think you’re the only one in the entire world that feels this way. Let me fill you in on a little secret. Every person who has ever walked on the face of the earth has at some time or another dealt with a lack of self-worth.
There are a few ways of handling this. You can beat yourself up for your failures – little and big. Soon the little failures become gigantic in your mind and overtake you. You can go on antidepressants to help you cope. You can join some kind of group of people like you who are facing the same problems, You can give up. None of these ways is really totally productive. They may be temporary fixes, but they don’t eliminate the problem.
The best place to go is to our Creator. He values us. His love for us is so incomprehensible. His willingness to sacrifice His own Son for our forgiveness and eternal life, is inconceivable. Why would He do that? Because He loves us.
We are not meaningless individuals who are just coping every day. There’s so much more to us than that. WE ARE GOD’S TREASURED CREATION. He loves us just the way we are – imperfect, unclean, unworthy, but still loved and forgiven. He no longer sees our sin. It has been washed away.
He doesn’t want us to wallow in self-pity so He encourages us to carry on in all circumstances. We can do this – with God’s help.