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The Source of Our Value and Worth

The Source of Our Value and Worth

We’ve all been there. Our young daughter is heartbroken because someone at school called her a hurtful name. Or our sports-breathing son didn’t make the basketball team.

Maybe someone laughed at our middle-schooler’s choice of clothing or our high schooler received a rejection letter from the college of their dreams.

Each day, our children face times of intense struggle over their sense of value and self-worth. From the kindergarten days through adulthood they are hit with countless ideas and opinions concerning how they measure up to ever-changing standards.

This is why it’s vital for us to remind our precious ones of the true source of their worth and value—for us to lay a foundation of unchanging truth on which they can build a life.

Oh, how they need to know that God’s idea of our worth is vastly different from the world’s view! If we’re to believe the messages that pour from print and social media, we need to be smart, strong, thin, successful, and wealthy to have a place of value and a life of substance.

But as parents, we must model lives of thankfulness that we serve a God who loves and treasures us like we are.

When we’ve gained a few pounds and we’re doing a great job of self-recrimination—God sees the deepest places of our hearts and draws us to Him.

When our lives never measure up to someone else’s social media highlight reel—God whispers His love and faithfulness and calls us to seek Him only.

When we wonder if we matter, if what we do ever makes a difference—God reminds us that we are His—the apple of His eye—here to be His hands and feet in a struggling world.

The following verses will make our hearts quicken with hope and will enable us to teach our children of their incredible worth in God’s eyes:

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

He loves us at our worst! Even when we’re a hot mess.

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows (Luke 12:6-7).

Amazing. God knows us like only the Creator can—intimately, to every joint and fiber.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,

I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16).

We have been divinely treasured from the moment we entered God’s heart.

May we show our children that—in Christ—we can walk in confidence, assured that we are beloved, cherished, and deeply valued by our amazing Creator God.

By: Leigh Ann Thomas is a wife, mother, grammy, writer, and Peanut M&Ms enthusiast. She has penned four books, including Smack-Dab in the Midlife Zone—Inspiration for Women in the Middle (Elk Lake Publishing Inc.) and Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace—Inspiration for the Mother of the Bride (SonRise Devotionals). You can find Leigh Ann on her front porch daydreaming story plots or blogging at LeighAThomas.com. Connect on Twitter at @LThomasWrites.

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