Tuesday February 09, 2016
by Joan Webb
Realizing Our Value
Matthew 6:26: "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable that they?"
Many of us try to prove our value by working more than anyone else. Hearing the coveted words: "What a hard worker you are!" spurs us to increase our work load.
Maybe we think we are worthwhile only if we remain in total control of our bodies. We exercise and manage our food intake. If the mirror or scales betray us, our worth as a person drops. Perhaps we have become preoccupied with how our spouse thinks and reacts to us, so that the slightest criticism or suggestion plummets us to the depths of silent despair. Our self-worth comes not from who we are in Christ, but from the opinion of another.
You and I are worthwhile regardless of how many hours we work; or whether we have a perfect body. We are valuable individuals no matter what our mate says or does. As Jesus said, we are much more valuable than the soaring birds, yet they do not work, jog, count calories or try to win favor. God cares about the birds of the air, but you and I mean much more to him.
Lord, it helps to know the birds
don't have to sow, reap or accumulate
to be valuable to you; neither do I.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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