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Today’s Truth

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?” he asked His disciples. “Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

(Matthew 10:29-31, emphasis added)

Friend to Friend

As a little girl, I never felt I was worth very much. I always felt that I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough, or good enough. I sensed my parents tolerated me, but certainly didn’t delight in me. And if your own parents couldn’t love you, then who could?

Then there was the definitive day in the eleventh grade that took my self-worth to an all-time low. I can still remember what I was wearing: lavender bell bottom low rise jeans, a bubble knit short-sleeve top, Dr. Scholl’s wooden sandals, and a blue bandanna tied around my head of long oily hair I hadn’t had time to wash that morning. This was acceptable attire for teens when I was in high school, except for the days when a special awards or recognition assembly was held.

In homeroom that morning, the principal announced over the intercom that an unscheduled assembly would take place at eleven o’clock to recognize students being inducted into the National Honor Society. That’s when I understood why so many of my friends were dressed a notch above the norm. Their parents had received the secretive congratulatory call the night before and made sure their kids had washed their hair and left the frayed jeans in the drawer.

Four hundred teens found seats in the darkened auditorium. The principal made a speech of commendation from the podium and then said, “Will the following students come forward when your name is called to receive a certificate and a candle to be lit by last year’s inductees?”

The principal called each name, and I watched several of my friends walk across the immense stage. Then, to my horror and surprise, my name was called. Why didn’t my parents warn me, I thought. I look horrible—and I did.

When the houselights went up, I panned the back of the room where proud parents snapped pictures and pointed out their progeny to others standing on tiptoe to catch a glimpse. My parents were not among them—they never were.

I later discovered that my dad had received the call from the school the night before, but forgot to tell my mom. Even though they both worked across the street from the school, they didn’t come to the ceremony. In my mind, their absence confirmed what I’d suspected for the past 17 years. I’m just not worth the trouble.

I didn’t care about the certificate or the principal’s accolades. What I really wanted was to know I had value to the two people who mattered most.

Perhaps you had painful experiences in your past that left you feeling worthless, but Jesus wants you to know you have great value. He gave His life so that you would!

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?” he asked His disciples. “Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31, emphasis added).

You are worth more than the money in your bank account.

You are worth more than the number of friends you have on Facebook.

You are worth more than the number of followers for your Twitter account.

You are worth more than the number of meetings and appointments on your calendar.

You are worth more than your successes or failures.

You are worth more than your level of education.

You are worth more than the price tags in your closet.

You are worth more than your accomplishments or lack of them.

You are worth more than many sparrows.

It took many years, but finally I took hold of Jesus’s words: You are worth more. That’s what he wants you to know today.

If you believe it, leave a comment and say, “I am worth more.”

Let’s Pray

Lord, thank You for caring about me and loving me. Sometimes I feel so worthless, but on those days, help me to remember my great worth to You. That’s all that really matters.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

On what do you tend to base your worth?

How does that line up with what God says about you and your worth?

Make your own list of “I am worth more than…”

More from the Girlfriends

Do the voices in your head tell you that you are not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, or just not enough, period? If so, it’s time to stop listening to the lies that sabotage your confidence and start embracing the truth of your true identity in Christ. In Enough: Silencing the Lies that Steal Your Confidence, Sharon Jaynes exposes the lies that keep you bogged down in guilt, shame, and insecurity. By recognizing the lies, rejecting the lies, and replacing the lies with truth, you’ll be able to

  • silence the voice inside that whispers you’re not good enough.
  • accept God’s grace and no longer allow past failures to define you or confine you
  • be preloaded with the truth to fight insecurities
  • walk in the surefooted confidence of God’s unconditional love

44 Responses to “You Are Worth More”

  1. Dorothi says:

    Sometimes we all have to remember this that we are His children and He loves us so much even when we don’t feel things are going right in different parts of our lives so Thank you for reminding me this morning as I needed to remember it.

    ‘I am worth much more’

    God Bless You

  2. Carola says:

    Gracias. Por enseñarme a valorarme, Aunque la espectativa que tengan de mi, no sean las ideales para los que me rodean.se que para Dios soy importante y él se manifiesta en Imnumerables situaciones exaltando e

    Amén.

  3. Shelly Burns says:

    I am worth more!

  4. Lori says:

    I am worth more.

  5. Nikita says:

    I am worth more!

  6. Shelley says:

    My childhood was very similar. And that verse from God and the love and understanding of the husband and the beautiful children God blessed me with remind me that I am worth more. It is hard to set aside the pain of childhood but so much more important to know that part of my legacy is not become my parents and be what God has intended me to be. Thank you for the reminder today!!

  7. Beverley says:

    I am worth more!

  8. Rachel says:

    I am worth more!

  9. Ruth says:

    I was teased and ignored by my older brother most of my growing up years. I was ignored and abandoned, and the recipient of inappropriate and hostile behavior by my father. I was subjected to narcissistic cruelty by my husband until his sudden abandonment for a married woman in our 32nd year of marriage. Needless to say, positive male role models did not exist in my life. However, from this came a “turning to” my Triune God and a tremendous love for God, our Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I am loved and cherished. I am enough. I am not alone! He will never leave me.
    Thank you for those wonderful words of validation and solidifying what I know in my heart even though at times my head tries to tell me otherwise.

  10. Tonia says:

    Thank you Sharon for being so transparent! I am worth more!

  11. Michelle says:

    This hits so close to home. My heart broke for you reading your story. My mother rejected me and my siblings when I was 12. Sent us away to live with our dad she divorced when I was 6. I wrote letters where I begged to come home, only to be told no, she did her part and has her own life to live. I never felt more worthless than in the moment I got that letter from her. It took years for me to find my worth. Only when I turned to God did I find my value. I am worth more!

  12. ADRIANA says:

    valgo mas…Dios hablo a mi vida, a veces me siento poco cosa por no tener exito en mi vida laboral comparado mcon el de algunas de mis amistades.

    I’m worth more … God spoke to my life, sometimes I feel little about not having success in my working life compared to that of some of my friends.

  13. Judy says:

    Thanks for sharing. How amazing to hear your story because I was just thinking of similar story. My biggest goal in high school was to be inducted into National Honor Society and on the day I was prepared. I had the grades and met the requirements but it was a racial think. Unfortunately, I wasn’t inducted. Very close to the time of the MLK assassination. It taught me a great lesson and I never gave up inspire of.

  14. Claire says:

    I am grateful that i never had a low self esteem growing up with a single parent because my father left when i turned 4 and my twin brothers was still 2 I am 18 mths older than them life was hard because my parents were both immigrants mygraded to the Bahamas 🇧🇸 and Bahamians were kinda mean to foreigners but i didn’t let that bothered me i thanked God every chance i got for making me beautiful and smart so when they reminded me everyday that i am Haitian I would reply yes I know but you can’t call me ugly or dumb tho my mom always reminds me of my self worth even though sometimes she goes against me due to the pressures she was going through me and one of the twins reminded her so much of the husband she so dearly loved but left to be with someone else I started working at the age of 14 to help my mom we were all good kids so she never had no problems out of us by Gods grace she grew us up well in the Catholic Church ⛪ every Sunday then at age of 24 I got saved and went to my own church so i can say I am worth more because God unchanging hands never left me because my earthly father did I AM WORTH MORE 🙏🙏🙏….

    From Freeport Bahamas

  15. Georgea says:

    Thank you, I am worth more!

  16. Jolynn says:

    I am enough…

  17. Tanya says:

    I am worth more.

  18. Carole says:

    This devotional was a God-send to me.
    For more than 40+ years, I felt totally unworthy with the lack of support from my parents. They loved me, but the care and value of “who I was” just wasn’t there. It felt so lonely and discouraging, as a very young person. I just had this unspoken feeling of “not really” being wanted, felt like a burden.
    Just recently, I was able to get past those feelings, through an affirmation at my church. I didn’t even feel worthy of God’s love and forgiveness, even though I am a believer. To all those, who read this comment, You Are Worth More! God doesn’t remember your failures. Stop bringing up things that God has forgotten and forgiven!! “Not PERFECT….Just FORGIVEN”

  19. Susan says:

    I am worth more.

  20. DJ says:

    First let me say that this is the best website ever , look so forward to reading every morning . just wish it was 7 days a week😇
    This story really hits home to me too. My parents decided to go out of town instead of going to my High School graduation. One day I am going to write a book , so many stories. But until then I am ordering your book Enough . I so hope that I can rid myself of the put downs and insecurities. I am 64 young and praying your book will do the trick !!!
    💕💕💕

  21. Sherri says:

    Good Morning!

    My beautiful sisters in Christ.
    “YOU ARE Soooo MUCH MORE THAN…”

  22. Ann says:

    For the last two years, our pastor has encouraged us to choose one word to focus on for the year. In 2020, my word is WORTHY! Thank you for sharing your story, as, in many ways, it is reminiscent of my own.
    “I am more than the sum of my past mistakes; I am more than the problems I create… I’ve been remade!!!”
    I am worthy!!! I am worthy!!! I am worthy!!!

  23. Cherri says:

    I AM worth more!

  24. Tammy says:

    We all do need to hear this! We all do need to hear this! Thank you so very much! I am worth more. you so very much! I am worth more.

  25. Lynn says:

    Dear Sisters in Christ,

    I also grew up not feeling like I was enough. I was raised in a religion that made me feel so guilty and ashamed of my lack of everything, It wasn’t until my 30s when I picked up the Bible and read it on my own that I discovered that God really did love me, He wasn’t ashamed of me so I shouldn’t be ashamed of myself.
    We are more than…we are the Beloved of God.

  26. Jeanie says:

    I can remember those days when my parents did not show up. My dad was an alcoholic and my mom was busy trying to keep him from getting upset and getting drunk. I remember one time asking my mother if she loved me! I’ve been a Christian for over 50 years and I’m now in my 70s but insecurity sometimes sneaks in but for the most part I have stopped feeling like that little girl who wondered if she was loved. My dad and mom did love me I found many years later but they had struggles of their own. My Savior never stopped loving me and as I began to grasp that, my life has been about serving Him!

  27. Sandy says:

    I am worth more! I have moments like everyone that linger around my memories trying to rob me of my self esteem. It’s a battle but I’m focusing on Jesus and letting him do the fighting!

  28. Stacey says:

    I am worth more than my past, unhealthy coping mechanisms, my physical appearance, my singleness, my bank account and the enemy’s lies. Thank you for this. I too had similar experiences as a young girl and still struggle with feeling “worthy” or “enough”.

  29. Tanya says:

    I am worth more

  30. Alana says:

    Thank you for sharing this heart breaking story . Look at all that you have accomplished!
    It is a good reminder for all of us that we are important and worthy.
    Thank you

  31. Suzanne says:

    Thanks so much for sharing like this. Found your site through a devotional from crosswalk.com. In my own life, I was trying to make my family happy and taking on burdens I wasn’t meant to shoulder. The Lord’s living sacrifice reminds me every day that His love is immeasurable.

  32. Diane says:

    I am worth more. Thank you for this timely word.

  33. Diana says:

    Having only brothers to grow up with I never felt like I belonged. I was one of 6 children and found myself always lacking compared to my brothers who were athletic, I wasn’t.
    My mom did the best she could on her own, and I don’t blame her for my insecurities, I just always felt like an outsider in my own home.
    Being abused by my father didn’t help my self-esteem any either, because I couldn’t tell anyone about it. (Until I was much older.)
    I grew up very lonely and without self-worth, until I met someone who introduced me to someone called JESUS!
    At last I felt LOVED and WORTHY! and today I know that I AM WORTH SO MUCH MORE!!

    Thank you Sharon for sharing, and for reminding us that WE are all WORTH MORE!!

  34. val says:

    I AM WORTH MORE !!!

  35. Cathy says:

    Thank you for this word, sweet Sharon.
    I am worth more!

  36. Sandy says:

    I am worth more!

  37. Jacqueline says:

    God is enough
    I am enough
    I have enough
    and enough is enough
    was my word for the year 2017 mmm….. ENOUGH
    today its Freedom, freedom from fear and appeasing myself and others to know who I am in Christ Jesus
    to stand on His truth
    cherished – beloved – wanted – beautiful – amasing – loved
    go on girl pants start writing your own list
    and delve deep for His love for you goes DEEP
    love Jacqueline

  38. Kathy says:

    I can so relate. I am worth more!

  39. Heidi Foran says:

    Sweet Sister, I’m curious to know if this was healed between you and your parents?

  40. Robbie says:

    I am worth more

  41. Sherri says:

    I had similar experiances when I was growing up. Thank you for reminding us that we are worth more !💓

  42. Jenny says:

    I am worth more than Chiefs gear on Fanatics when they win the Superbowl. I am worth more than a job that does not see my worth because I am fearfully & wonderfully made.

  43. Maria.I. says:

    I am Worth more!!!🙏💞 AMEN!!!💜🙌

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