by Paula Harrington
I love watching those television shows where someone will bring an old piece of junk to an antique collector and find out that it’s actually worth thousands or millions of dollars. I find it amazing that something that looks like trash to me can actually be extremely valuable.
We tend to do the same thing in life sometimes, don’t we? We look at a person or situation and only see the flaws. Aren’t you glad God doesn’t do that?
God views our damaged lives and says we are beautiful. He sees our failures and, even though we may think that because of them we are useless, he calls us Holy (Colossians 3:12). We’re from broken families and suffered our fair share of broken hearts, but our God, in his son, says we’re complete (Colossians 2:10). He calls us his chosen, precious children (I John 3:1).
Our father knows where we’ve been and what we’ve done and yet still offers not only a second chance but an opportunity to use our past to bring others to him. Our God is a God of restoration. A perfect God of imperfect people. A God who sees our scars and calls us valuable.
The world is going to tell you that you’re not good enough, thin enough, or rich enough. It will try to sell you the lie that happiness can be found in appearance and possessions. It will work day and night toward the delusion that you need to fit in with the crowd. You will never have peace, hope, joy, or true wealth if you seek your worth in the world.
When life gets you down and you begin to think that you’re not worth anything, take a good long look up at the cross. God thought you were worth it, now it’s time to believe it. Step up. Stand out. Make a difference.