So often the world around us is telling us to ‘change this’, ‘enhance that’, ‘be better at such and such’ that we become subconsciously accustomed to believing that we simply can’t be any good. The standards appear to be set impossibly high and it’s hard not to feel like you’re really just wrapped up in a never-ending race, battling to reach a seemingly unattainable goal of ‘perfection’.
It sucks right? Sorry to kick us off on such a Debbie downer but sit tight and we’ll get to the good bits (because trust me, it gets very good). It is so easy for us to consider ourselves worthless or falling short of everything because of this race. However, this needn’t be the case.
Being so wrapped up in our supposed incapability we ignore the fact that we have been made, ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Psalm 139:14) by a Creator who wanted to be with us so much that He fashioned mankind in his very own image. The Bible doesn’t beat around the bush (Genesis 1:27 stresses this twice in one sentence!) God wants us to know this because he wants us to know that we are loved and that we are valued.
But what does this even mean for us? How can this change our perspective on our value? Well quite frankly, in layman’s terms, this changes everything.
In bringing us into the world to be with him, God was establishing a relationship with us. No biggie, just the Creator of the world and all. It’s through this relationship that God chose to send his one and only son to die for us as we have sinned and fallen short of his glory. Through the death of Jesus we know we have been saved, which is said so loosely as if it was a completely normal act to commit.
But this act was the ultimate act of love.
As Ephesians 2: 4-5 states:
‘But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.’ It is through Jesus’ sacrifice that we can be assured that we are God’s precious and adored children, we will be inheritors of his heavenly kingdom and messengers for his almighty word.
In his sacrifice a love and value was shown for us, who we are as we are, that cannot be beaten by anything. With this knowledge for how deeply and truly we are valued by our Father we can make every day count; living for his word outwardly, demonstrating our true beauty through the Holy Spirit working in us.
So girls, we don’t need to concern ourselves with pointlessly trying to run the race, searching for worldly value when we can be in our own lane, living with ‘the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit’ (1 Peter 3:4) which is of great value to our Lord, who will stand by our side for eternity.
Mirror Mirror by Graham Beynon - great if you want to think more on this topic.
Whether it’s learning History dates for my exam or reminding myself to actually take my ballet shoes to ballet (you’d be surprised, it doesn’t always happen) - I love sticking up post-its around the house to prompt me into action.
Why not write down some stellar bible verses reminding you of how you are valued beyond belief by God so you can remember (whilst brushing your teeth or jotting down a to-do list) that his love stretches further than your outer beauty, what your grades are or whether you forgot to take the bins out that morning.
Try starting with some classics such as: John 3:16, Romans 5:8 or Genesis 1:27.
Hey! I’m Florrie and I’m at school in the big city of London. Born and raised a city girl with a country heart so am usually found outdoors, dancing, painting, eating bananas and when I can, pretending I’m a cool dude and going surfing. I'm so excited to be part of a CU team at school and even more excited that we can chat about God’s word!