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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

31 Responses to “You Are Worth More”

  1. Jessica says:

    My baby is worth more

  2. Jess says:

    I AM WORTH MORE!!!

  3. Lori says:

    I am worth more than the number on the scale.

  4. Diane says:

    I had similar experiences as a child. I grew up an A student, and for a few years was on track. I do not remember my parents ever coming to my assemblies, banquets, or award dinners, but I do remember that they didn’t and how worthless I felt to them. Later on in life, I had children and lived in a worthless marriage, my husband would even tell my children they didn’t have to listen to me. One day, I was forced to leave him and take my children away. I raised my children feeling useless to them as what their father taught them was carried over to my life with them as a single parent. But all that is over now. God stayed with me throughout and got me through the fire. I have a wonderful life, a wonderful husband, and 3 wonderful children who still struggle at times, but they now know I was always with them then and will be with them always. I am worth more.

    I am worth more than my past.
    I am worth more than my money.
    I am worth more than my home.
    I am worth more than my former husband’s abuse and lies.
    I am worth more than 2 sparrows.
    My 3 children are worth more than 6 sparrows!
    We are worth more than this life together.

  5. Sherrie says:

    I am worth more.
    I am worth more than my failings.
    I am worth more that what I cannot do.
    I am worth more than my own thoughts.
    I am worth more than what the world sees, or doesn’t see.
    I am worth more because Jesus made me so.
    I am worth more.

  6. Michelle says:

    I strived for good enough grades, to be a good enough wife, to be a good enough mom, a good enough employee and yes even a good enough Christian. I know that pleasing people is impossible because it will never be enough. I know all the things that Bible tells me about how much God values me, but I admit some days I still wade in the not enough muck.
    I am grateful for the Holy Spirit, who reigns me back to right thinking when my thoughts go awry. I am learning to identify the times when that “I feel like I’m not enough” feeling pops ups and I rehearse to myself all the things that God has said through his Word that affirms the fact that I am enough, because God made me enough..

  7. Sherri says:

    Amen, Sisters!!!

    I am worth more!!

  8. Candace says:

    Love that, Sherrie. Best to you!

  9. Judy says:

    I am worth more than the mistakes I’ve made and the things I can’t and couldn’t do. I’m worth more than the names II’ve been called and the abuse I’ve been through. Even the moments when I had no cheerleaders for my accomplishments I’m worth more than I could ever imagine in God’s sight.

  10. Thecla says:

    Thank you for the reminder
    I am worth more!

  11. Vanessa says:

    I am worth more.

    PTL

  12. Bobbie says:

    I am worth more.
    I am worth more than my failures.
    I am worth more than how I look.
    I am worth more than the bullying I received in school.
    I am worth more than an unwanted divorce.
    I am worth more than my age.
    I am worth more than my ADHD.
    I am worth more because Jesus died on the cross for me!

  13. Hope Cornwell says:

    Jesus has done it all!!! Thank you GIG for your daily inspiration.

  14. Kelly says:

    Thank you for the devotional today. I went through a period of 4 years of abuse by the hands of an employer. At those times and for 4 years later I felt like my life meant nothing. Thanks to my parents and christian counselor I am doing much better. Still days of depression or PTSD flashbacks but much better.

  15. Carola says:

    Valgo más que…….

    ……… amén.

  16. Molly says:

    I am worth more!!!!!

  17. Patricia says:

    Sharon, I am so sorry that your parents did not value you. I grew up the youngest of five and my parents were 44 and 45 when I was born. Neither were very demonstrative but I always felt loved and valued I have 2 sons, and they are the most important thing in this world to me and I am a very huggy, kissy, lovey person. I can not imagine not valuing your child. Bless you for the heart God gave you to share your reality that other people who had the same experience can know how important and valuable they are in the eyes of God!

  18. Sally says:

    I have felt that way so many times, and still do at times. Never feeling you measure up, always comparing myself and my performance to others. Why do we do that? Honestly, when the Bible tells us so clearly that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I’m sure the enemy delights in our fears and feelings of worthlessness. It keeps us from the vibrant, joyful Christian life He wants us to have. I have great worth, I’m a child of the King!
    I am loved, chosen, forgive. How thankful I am!

  19. Nell says:

    I AM WORTH MORE!!!!

  20. Ellie says:

    I am worth more.
    But I struggle with this. My parents also were not loving and never supportive. I was more of a hindrance. I married a horrible man just to please them (especially my dad). That was many decades ago. Since then I divorced the horrible man and raised my 2 children. Even though I love my children more than words can say I’m sure I wasn’t the best mother. I could freely show love, but looking back, I did a lot of things wrong. My daughter died years ago from an auto accident and I feel she is with Jesus. Every day is a struggle. Sometimes I can feel the strength of Jesus and sometimes I don’t, but I know that the Lord is “the only way, the truth and the life.”

  21. Beverley says:

    I am worth more! Jesus sacrifice has given me value and worth. Thank you,Sharon, for the reminder! I am loved and prayed for by the Son of God. What a truth!

  22. Pachi says:

    Sharon thank you for sharing. But I do have a question. Did your parents realized through the years what the have done? I know you probably forgave them but I wonder if your relationship with them was restored?
    Be blessed.

  23. Faye says:

    I am worth more than all my past mistakes!

  24. Kimberly says:

    I AM WORTH MORE:
    I am worth more than what I DO..
    I am worth more than how much I weigh..
    I am worth more than how much body fat I have..
    I am worth more than how many people like me..
    I am worth more than what grades I receive on tests..
    I am worth more than what my thoughts tell me…
    I am worth more than the number of accolades I receive..

    I AM WORTH MORE BECAUSE JESUS DIED FOR ME AND HE LOVES ME
    MORE THAN I CAN IMAGINE…..
    AMEN.

  25. Jo-Ann says:

    Growing up my father was an alcoholic. I was one of seven siblings, so my mother had her hands full bringing us up basically alone. Because of his alcoholism, I never really felt loved or appreciated by him no matter what I accomplished. This continued through much of my adult life. However, after understanding today’s reading, I realize that my true Father understood (and still understands) my real worth. Thanks for the lesson!

  26. Jessica says:

    I AM WORTH MORE!!! More than all the insecurities, doubt, fear,timidness and worry that have always held me back from so much…that somehow became a part of my life at a very young age telling me I wasn’t enough. Eventhough I grew up in a church, it was always lingering,reminding me of what I couldn’t do or accomplish….I declare that it is no longer a part of me and I am free because my eyes have been opened and I am worth more to a King of kings to a Lord of lords and Jesus my Savior has paid a price for me! I am a daughter of a King, so I declare….I AM WORTH MORE!!!

  27. Diane says:

    I am worth more . . . Because God loves me!☝🏽

  28. Charity says:

    I am worth more than my job. Because of Jesus, I am worth more. Thanks be to God.

  29. Nancy says:

    I am worth more than the names I have been called
    I am worth more than the arguments with my husband
    I am worth more than the pain that I have sometimes in my body
    I am worth more than all the lies the devil may try to tell me!
    Amen

  30. Kathy says:

    I am worth more!

  31. Felimar says:

    I am worth more than this Pandemic and unemployment…

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