See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 1 John 3:1, NLT.

God loves you so much. However, there are times when we wonder, “Am I enough?” This quandary of worth is usually a result of rejection, a negative word spoken to us, or someone breaking their promise. We take the emotion and opinion of someone else and wear it like a garment of dishonor, when their judgment is more of a reflection of their issues, not yours.

Or, we can feel our worth diminishing when we look at pictures on Instagram and Facebook because we see the prosperity, beauty, and ‘perfection’ of other people’s lives. Social media doesn’t usually control my emotional state of mind, but there have been times when I have felt ‘less of a woman’ and depressed after looking at the highlight reels of other people. When this happens I know that I need to take a break from my online presence and get in the presence of God. My worth should always flow from God, not from the unrealistic expectations I place on myself from other people’s lives, who by the way are often strangers.

God’s Love Is Given, Not Earned

Take peace in knowing that God’s love does not require you to:

  • Be more.
  • Do more.
  • Buy His love.
  • Earn salvation.
  • Be smarter, braver, or stronger.

To have the love of God, you just have to be you. You are enough for God, just as you are. Does He want us to grow and develop into the best version of ourselves? Yes! Absolutely! Our God is not a God of condemnation and criticism; rather He is a God of reassurance, encouragement, and strength.

We do not have to use the pattern of the world’s value systems to dictate to our worth. God has a different pattern for us to follow to demonstrate how precious we are to Him. He desires our obedience to His word and for us to reciprocate His love.

Your worth is not found in:

  • Accomplishments or failures
  • How many kids you have or don’t have
  • Your relationship status, your age or weight

Your worth is found in your creator who made you in His image and likeness. You were never created to find your purpose through the images of Instagram posts or other people’s expectations of you. To God, you are not just enough—you are more than enough!

Prayer: Lord, I pray that You would reveal to me what my worth is though Your love. Help me to understand that I do not have to live by the world’s standards of “being enough.” Help me to let go of unrealistic expectations and the negativity around me. Just as Philippians 4:8 commands, help me to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report. Amen.

Proverbs 16:31 states, “Grey hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.”

I remember the first time I saw a grey hair on my head. I was in my 20’s—so, I was a little dramatic, I totally freaked out, and I felt like I had aged 40 years. Why did I feel this way? I think that there is a certain stigma in North America that grey hair is degrading, but that is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that grey hair is an honor.

As a child, my mom taught me to respect my elders. When we took the bus to piano lessons, I would always give my seat up to anyone who was my elder. If I was riding in a car with an elder, I always gave them the front seat. So, when I became a youth pastor in Michigan, I taught my students to respect and honor the elders of the church, and they learned to open their doors, carry their things, and would put them in front of the line at the church Potluck.

Learning To Honor Our Elders

Respect, at times, seems to be a lost art. However, I want to strive to honor those who are my leaders, elders, and spiritual authority. Grey hair is a sign of wisdom and blessing, and the Bible states that we need to take care of those who spent years taking care of us.

There are times when I have spoke to an elder and they have expressed that they feel forgotten or unimportant. I am making a commitment to display the purpose of God in a person’s life, regardless of their age. If you are a young person reading this, or if you are seasoned in age, God has not forgotten about you and He has a plan for your life.

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:3

Today, I encourage you to find an elder that you can honor. Buy them flowers, sit and talk with them, ask them for advice, and tell them how much you appreciate them. If you are an elder, we honor you today.

Prayer: Lord, I pray that you would bless my leaders. You know the battles they have fought so I could have freedom. You know the sacrifices they have made so I could live with certain comforts. Lord, I pray that you would teach me how to truly honor someone. In Jesus name.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 
Isaiah 55:8–9.

When Things Don’t Turn Out How You Expect

Have you ever prayed and felt like God was going to give you exactly what you wanted? Yeah. Me too. My husband and I are looking for a place to live that is closer to our church and also less of a burden financially. We found a home only two doors down from our church (you can’t get closer than that)! We connected with the owners, loved the property, and had so much peace. I honestly thought it was in the bag. However, the owner of the home received a better offer than ours and told us they were sorry for the inconvenience.

I was crushed. I cried and I said to my husband, “Why is this happening to us?” “What is God trying to do?” For a moment I felt so helpless and then, I wiped my tears away and decided to speak faith into my situation.

We have one month to find a new place to live—which is not impossible, but it would have put my heart at ease to know that I had somewhere to move. After I had a boo-hoosession, I lifted my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help (so to speak) and I told God, “You must have something better for us. You know the end from the beginning. Help me to trust You.”

Speak Faith

Maybe you are facing a more serious situation in your life and you are not receiving the answers you desire. It can be difficult to put our worry, needs, marriage, children, job, home, etc., in God’s hands because we do not know what He is going to do to bring our answers to pass.

I wish I could see what He sees. There are times when God gives us a glimpse of His plan, but it’s often a little bit at a time. If you’ve cried some tears, that’s okay, we are human. But, don’t live in a state of hopelessness. Take time to pray scriptures out loud and speak faith into your situation.