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.