I just read another story about a teen that was bullied, and chose to take his life. It was heartbreaking. Most people’s reaction to a story like this, aside from the obvious sadness, is one of outrage. How could other students be so cruel to this child? What would possess a person to devalue another’s life so much? What is the matter with them?
All of us want and need to know that we are valuable…that we make a difference in this world that we live in. That we matter. We might not choose the helpless and hopelessness of taking our own life, but many people are left dying on the inside.
The older I get the more I realize the truth of the saying, “Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Most people are good at covering it up, going on with their day, keeping their hurts to themselves….but, it doesn’t mean that the battle isn’t real, or it doesn’t exist. A kind word, an encouragement, a hug, or a listening ear can make a real difference.
Jesus understood this when He said, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
God loved us so much (true love, real love, perfect love) that He gave His one and only Son (Jesus), that whosoever (regardless of age, gender, race, or socio-economic background) believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
He thinks each of us is valuable and worthy.
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The morning is quiet.
Time to think…before the day begins
I prepare breakfast.
Wipe down counters
Notice the fur bunnies that need to be swept
See the explosion in the microwave, that needs to be cleaned
Remember an activity the kids want to attend
Remind children of school work that needs completed
There is laundry to wash before a trip
The big and little things that make up the life of a mom
Sometimes the day to day is overwhelming….other days I am bored.
I look in the mirror.
I wonder what my life is worth?
On days when I don’t feel like what I do is exciting, or interesting…
When I feel trapped in the mundane
I am reminded of what I am truly worth to the One that loves me beyond measure.
It is WHO I know that gives me value.
It is WHAT I know about Him that brings me worth.
It is WHERE I go that fills me.
It is WHEN I go that humbles me.
It is WHY I go
New International Version (©1984) Luke 12:24
Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
New International Version (©1984) Hebrews 11:26
He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. I Peter 3: 3-4 NIV