Over my morning coffee recently I began contemplating the week I was having. There'd been some bumps and bruises brought on from misunderstandings with other people. Sometimes when we only have snippets of conversations or limited interactions with others, we may think we know them but our picture isn't quite as clear as it could be. And being on the receiving end of that my thoughts began to spiral. As I sipped my morning brew, I chatted with God all about how desperately I wanted people to know my true heart. How I felt that in some situations I'd been misrepresented and it frustrated me. But then something subtle began to happen...you see, I'd struggle that week with a bit of sadness. I worried that my worth, my value, wasn't significant, and God brought this small shift in thought into the light.
Because what was I doing? I was measuring myself by other people's standards.
It's like the dollar bill. Depending on where you travel, our dollar is worth more or less--all based on what that country sets the exchange rate to. Does that dollar in your pocket actually change in form or in its worth here at home? Nope. But step outside of its place of origin, and it does. And that's exactly what I was doing every time I entertained the thoughts of others; I was stepping out of my place of origin (which is living in God's presence).
Friends, not everyone in life is going to like us. (Crazy, right?) Misunderstandings occur that you won't have the ability to correct. Personalities conflict. Slander is believed or at least entertained. And that is hard because we desire for people to know our truest heart--but that might not happen with some people. Yet that does not affect our worth!
So today I challenge you to see yourself through God's eyes. Let him calculate your value using his exchange rate. I promise you, your worth will be off the charts:)
"You are precious and honored in my sight..." Isaiah 43:4