Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
- Luke 12:6-7
It’s been one of those days. I woke up feeling pretty insecure, I tried to cover up those thoughts with makeup. I attempted to make a nice breakfast for my friend, but I somehow managed to mess up the pancakes (you think that would be an easy task, I was using a mix). Needless to say, I was not feeling great about myself.
Throughout my life, I have gone through many different versions of how I valued myself, and how I thought God saw me. I put a lot of my worth as a person on my appearance. My concern was with how I was viewed and valued by the world, rather than focusing on God’s love for me. I spent so much time looking at myself in the mirror, picking apart each and every flaw I had. The insecurities I had about my appearance snuck their way into other areas of my life, I didn’t feel like my life had a purpose. I had no confidence, and I felt like I could never be loved by anyone. I didn’t think I had much value in God’s kingdom. I remember thinking “Why would He love me when I am worthless?”
I am sure that many of you have gone through similar struggles. I have found it helpful to look to the Bible to find truths about how God sees me. I have begun to discover that God has given me gifts, which reminds me that I have value in God’s kingdom. We all have different abilities that He has given us, each of them being important to Him. I love Romans 12:4-5 which says, “In this way, we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body.” (MSG). I love how this verse shows us that we all have a role to play in this world, and that we all have value in God’s eyes.
My identity is found in being a daughter of Christ. My insecurities do not, and will not ever define me. The love that God has for me overpowers any lies the enemy tries to trick me with. When I feel myself believing those lies, I ask myself “Is this what God would say about me?” When you find yourself in this situation, I encourage you to spend some time with God in prayer, asking Him to remind you of your worth to Him. As daughters of Christ, we are so loved and cherished, more than we will ever know!
1. What is keeping you from seeing yourself as God sees you?
2. What lies are you believing about yourself? How can you challenge those lies with God’s truths?
Dear God, Thank You for caring about every hair on my head. Thank You for the strengths you have given me, and the love that You have for me. God, as I struggle with the lies and insecurities I believe about myself, remind me of how You see me and help me to see my worth. When the enemy tries to put lies in my head, surround me with Your presence. Thank You for making me unique, and help me to use my gifts to serve You. I am Your daughter, and I am forever grateful for Your love, Amen.
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