Maybe it’s because I am in the middle of reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.
Maybe it’s because I am familiar with the stirring-in-my-heart-sweaty-palmed-feelings I experience when I know I have something to say.
Maybe it’s just beacuse I have an incling that there are people out there right now that need to hear these words.
Whatever the reason, I am about to share with you something from the deepest parts of my heart today.
This truth right here is one I have been working on owning…
I am more valuable as a person than the expense of my struggle!
Let me say it this way….
You are more valuable as a person than the expense of your struggle!
I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that one of my life missions is to speak into the broken places of peoples lives.
We all have a broken place in our lives of some sort. Some are gaping and very obvious. Some are hidden in tidy packages, grime disguised as beauty so that not a soul will know. Some are temporary, some seem to be trying to outlast us.
My broken place looks like this…Somewhere along this journey of my life, I put an end to my personal value past what my medical expenses where.
To clarify, I will give you a couple of examples of thoughts I battle with…
I have so many health problems that if I complain or say that I don’t feel I can keep up the fight, my loved ones will tire of me. I must be brave at all costs.
The pile of medical bills on the kitchen counter are stacked so high and the amount so great, I must never ask for anything.
My husband and children lack many things due to my health struggles. I have failed as a wife and a mother.
I am selfish to use my energy on something that I want to do for myself. I must only use my energy on my family or serving others.
Because I have gained weight, I am no longer a person of value. My body and my appearance do not represent my standards, therefore I have failed. I do not deserve to go out and buy some new clothing that fits and is comfortable. I can wear what I have until I am in a respectable size once again.
Any ideas or experiences that would cost any money shouldn’t be spoken of by me. How can I say I want to do something or go somewhere when I rack up tens of thousands of dollars of medical expenses in a heartbeat on a fairly regular basis?
How can I have a successful blog about eating healthy and living a purposeful life when I can’t seem to stay healthy and keep a schedule? It would probably be best if I just keep quiet and let this all go.
Getting the picture?
I kinda can’t believe that I just actually typed all that!
Your struggle may be completely different or maybe you could relate to something I said. Either way, if you are someone with a fight on your hands, you need to be reminded that your struggle, your fight isn’t the complete definition of who you are as a person! Not even close!
Maybe you are struggling with an addiction of some sort…
Maybe you found out your husband had an affair and you are working desperatley to rebuild your life…
Maybe you have been abused and the shame you feel is overwhelming…
Maybe you have bills that you cannot pay no matter how hard you try…
Maybe your sweet child was born with so many defects that you have have never seen her walk, never heard her talk. You tirelessly, selflessly care for her every need, but your heart crumbles a bit more every day…
Maybe you feel that you should be at a place in your life where a certain level of success has been reached and you find yourself starting over…
Maybe you just took a huge leap towards living your dream and the fear you feel of not succeeding is almost paralyzing…
This list, these paragraphs of maybes, could go on and on.
The truth of being human is that we all struggle at some time, in some way.
That is just the truth.
What is not truth however is that these struggles are the defining factor of our worth.
is so much more than a mere struggle could ever begin to define!
I am of great value because of who I am, not because of what I accomplish or how I look.
I am of great value as a person because of the qualities I posses.
I am of great value as a person because of my gifts, talents and insights.
I am of great value as a person because there is no one else on earth quite like me.
You are the only you there has ever been or will ever be!
While our struggle must not define us we also must not shirk away from the battle.
We ARE strong enough!
We ARE capable!
We ARE worth every single red cent we have invested in ourselves!
Take a deep breathe today and recognize your value.
Separate your value from your struggle…
You are not only worth fighting for because you have children who depend upon you, a family who loves you and needs you. Those are valid reasons but they are not your exclusive worth. You are worth fighting for because there is only one you! The world needs the gift your life brings!
Your value is so great that it can never be defined by mere words, it was defined by the greatest act of redemption there has ever been.
Your value is so great that it was measured out with every drop of blood spilled from Christ’s body as He hung on the cross.
The Son of God saw such value in who you are that He sacrificed Himself for YOU.
Let that sink in..
HE valued you!
HE didn’t calculate your personal worth against your medical expenses.
HE didn’t calculate your worth based on your ability to be the perfect spouse or parent.
HE didn’t calculate your worth based on the size of your clothing.
HE didn’t calculate your worth based on your success.
He sees past all of that and sees you for who you really are. Who you were created to be. Scripture tells us that we were created in the image of God! It doesn’t get better than that!
As we enter into Good Friday and Easter Sunday I ask you to do one simple but astounding thing…find your way to the ONE who gave it all just for you! Find your way to the ONE who gave you your dreams and put the song in your heart. The ONE who has never seen anything more valuable than you. You and I are worth every effort in this life that we have been given to live!
Let go of the measuring stick and grab ahold of truth today! Let yourself be lost in His amazing love, poured out just for you!
With Much Love,