You Are More Valuable Than You Think…
What was you first reaction when you read this title, “You are More Valuable Than You Think”? Agree? Disagree? Not Sure?
First of all…I want you to know this is true…you are valuable, precious, and have great value. Yes, this is true…it is true about you.
Most people struggle with believing they are valuable, precious, and of great value. But Why?
Life is hard, and those who raised us are flawed. Most parents, teachers and others who had influences in ours lives wanted to be loving and give messages and experiences of love and value.
Unfortunately we often don’t get these positive messages because of sin, human flaws, and the results of neglect and abuse. Our imperfect parents had imperfect parents and as a result, we can come away with a negative view of our own worth and value. We often find it very difficult to take in the value that God and others truly do have for us.
We become quite mixed inside toward ourselves.
Part of us wants to believe we are of value, and that God truly loves us – in fact we know this is true in Scripture. Another part of us says no way…that’s not true. As a result we often bat away the messages of value that others and God have for us. We don’t mean to…it is automatic. These messages of worth and value just won’t sink down deep inside.
Fortunately, we can learn to become a loving and caring friend to ourselves, caring for and responding to ourselves in ways that affirm the inherit worth and value that God has breathed into each and every one of us. We are then able to more completely soak in the tremendous worth and value God has for us.
One thing that trips most of us up is trying to make sense of our worth and value despite our continual mistakes, sins, and missteps. We may not have gotten the message growing up that our inherent value and worth is not affected by our failures.
Well, it is true…your worth and value is intact, despite mistakes you’ve made, or regrets you have.
I’d like to share some truths with you that you can read and take in…even a drop at a time.
- Even though I make mistakes, do stuff wrong, and sometimes don’t do the right thing…I am precious and valuable.
- Even though I wish I could go back and do some things differently, I am precious and valuable.
- Even though I have faults and shortcomings, I am precious and valuable to God
- My problems, foibles, and failures do not shake up God. He has always seen me as precious and valuable, and He always will.
- I can learn how to see and accept myself the way that God does. I can learn to treat myself with kindness, compassion and grace
- I can learn to heal the divide inside of me, and take in the value and love that God and others are extending toward me.
Notice how that feels…Don’t worry if only some goes in. That’s normal. Just keep at it. You can learn to heal this split on the inside and take in God’s worth and value. You don’t have to be stuck in this place. He truly does love you. He truly does value you. And guess what, you can love and value yourself … a bit at a time.
You Are More Valuable Than You Think….
I would love to get your input.
What stood out to you? Which of the statements above helped the most? How have you seen yourself make progress in being a compassionate friend to yourself?
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