How much is something worth? There are all sorts of things out there that tell us how much something is worth. When it comes to vehicles we have the Kelley Blue Book; when it comes to houses we have appraisals and the market value; when it comes to retail we simply have the price marked on the item. But the real truth of the matter is that something is only worth what another is willing to pay for it.
The value that you and I place on ourselves affects our lives daily. Our self-image has been shaped by the messages that we have received and internalized from others along with our experiences. Those messages are perpetuated by our own self-talk; that is the conversations that go on in our minds about ourselves. Negative messages about ourselves keep us wishing we were someone else. One of the most unhealthy thoughts we can think is “if only I [insert thoughts about your looks, weight, job, marriage, etc] then I would be happy…successful…satisfied.”
The truth of the matter is that our self-worth is not dependent upon those internal messages. Our value is determined by how much someone was willing to pay. God paid the ultimate price for you and me by giving his very life. There is no greater love than to lay down your life. God has a plan and a purpose for your life. You might not feel like it and you might not even believe it. However, our feelings and beliefs do not always communicate what is true.
Here are two things that you can do to start living a healthy and enjoyable life:
1. ACCEPT YOURSELF. Accept yourself for who God has made you to be and stop striving for perfection or comparing yourself to others. You are God’s handiwork and he created you with your very own personality and gifting. He does not make mistakes. You were created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before you were ever born (Ephesians 2:10).
2. CHANGE YOUR SELF-TALK. Become aware of the negative thoughts about yourself and change them to what God says about you. Receive the love that God has for you in the fact that he died for you and created you as his very own.(2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
Keep REACHING FORWARD for God’s best in your life, marriage, family, ministry and business.