I write primarily for women, (although I really appreciate the brave men, my husband included, who faithfully read my blog). As a member of the fairer sex, I feel confident in writing and speaking on issues from my own life, because I know if I’m experiencing it, chances are good that other women are, too.
Self-confidence comes up a lot, because women struggle with comparison, body image, jealousy, and low self-esteem, and self-worth. God knows this, which is why he’s filled our Bibles with a squillion (Yes, it’s a word. I looked it up.) wonderful verses to tell us how beautiful, precious, and lovely we are. Through his Word, he builds us UP.
We need this. Oh, how we need this. He affirms our worth, expresses his love, and unequivocally states our value. No doubt about it—he’s our biggest fan. In fact, he’s done such a good job affirming my worth through the years that I was prepared for the massive blow to my ego that was about to come.
And this is why I was able to laugh out loud today.
I received a link from a website that analyzes the statistics of blogs, puts the figures through an elaborate computation, and arrives at a blog's inherent value. Intrigued, I entered my domain name and clicked through, waiting curiously while the site poked and prodded the innards of my precious brainchild. Keep in mind that my blog address is my name as well, so in a way, I felt like the website was determining my value.
When the calculations were complete, a page flashed with its official results. I had to capture the screenshot to show you:
HA! Three years of blood, sweat, tears, and prayers. More than 380 painful, poignant, powerful (I hope) posts helping advance the kingdom of God. Innumerable hours spent formatting, illustrating, and posting devotions, and this website slaps a value on it that sounds like a Blue Light Special.
And so, after I laughed out loud at the world’s estimate of “my” value, I thanked God that he has a different set of criteria. And that he’s faithfully sown the seeds of self-worth into my heart all these years, enabling me to laugh instead of cry at the business world’s opinion of my blog.
But I don't always respond as well to those things that challenge my sense of worth. Sometimes, despite everything I know to be true, I feel worthless.
Perhaps this is true of you, too. You probably didn’t get an online analysis of your value, but you’re still struggling. A demeaning boss, negative spouse, or disrespectful child may be chipping away at your fragile self-confidence and eroding your sense of self-worth. In times like these, it helps to remember whose opinion matters the most and how much he values us.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died-- more than that, who was raised to life-- is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:32-34).
When you ponder your true worth today, I hope you will join me and
laugh out loud.
How do you handle it when the voices of condemnation whisper to you? Would you share your thoughts with our sweet community by leaving a comment below?
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