You are more, and so am I

5 years ago

But friends, that's exactly who we are: children of God. And that's only the beginning. Who knows how we'll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we'll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus' life as a model for our own. 1 John 3:2-3 MSG

Self-worth is what allows us to be all God intended us to be.  Without self-worth, it doesn't matter if God gifted you with an incredible music talent, or teaching talent or the gift of hospitality. If we give into the lie that we're not worth it, our gifts are useless.

I don't think there's anyone in this country immune to self-worth issues.  We are bombarded with advertisements teaching men what women 'should' look like. We teach them they are only successful if they have enough zeros in their bank account. We show our girls fake, computer-enhanced body shapes and tell them this is what sexy looks like. We teach our kids, through the television and movies, what relationships look like and what acceptable behavior is. All of this sets them up for failure, because none of it is real.

How do we teach our teens that these images they see are not real; that their only purpose is to make company profits, even at their expense? How do we teach them to look to God for their worth, not the television?

Teenagers:
You are more than your body shape;
more than your last mistake;
more than your style of smartphone;
more than your grades in school;
you are a son or a daughter of the King. You are royalty.

Adults:
You are more than your body shape;
more than your last mistake or divorce;
more than your job title;
more than the your bank account;
you are a son or a daughter of the King. You are royalty. I am royalty.

It is the belief that we are somehow worth less that keeps us from achieving all that God has planned for us. It's extremely difficult to explain the joy of Christ when we won't believe it ourselves. We do the entire world a disservice when we give into these feelings.

The world is counting on us; on you, on me. the world is desperately looking for answers; what will they see when they look at us; defeat or royalty?

Father, shake us up. Shake this notion that we are not worth all you've made us to be. Shake these feelings out of our teenagers, out of our adults, out of your sons and daughters. Father, the enemy wins when we don't believe in ourselves. Help us rid this generation of this virus so we can be effective for you.


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