I ask you. How much are you worth? To the person across the room. To the person crossing the street, how much do you think you’re worth to them? They don’t even know you. Won’t know you exsist without acknowledgment of you being there.
Now they, they are just strangers. How much are you worth to the person sitting across the table? To the child in her room. To the husband or wife or brother or sister you greet every day. Now they, they’re your family, or your friends. They care a great deal for you I’m sure.
Now how much are you worth to God? Enough that He would give up His son for you? Enough that He saw it fitting to bring you into this life and call you His own. Enough that He desires to teach you everything He knows. To love how He loves. And walk how He walks.
Now, I ask.. How much is that person worth to you? The person crossing the street. The person across the room. They might be just strangers.. You don’t have to see them daily. So how can you invest in something you can’t see everyday?
How much is that person worth to God? The same amount as you. The same amount as me. The same amount as our family and our friends. So how do we invest in things and in people we don’t see or touch or interact with on a daily basis?
By investing into the relationship you have with God, is in turn investing into the relationships you have in your home, at your job, and in any place that you are capeable of talking with God. Talking with God means, learning how to love. It means, reaching out because someone reached out for you. It means forgiving because someone forgave you. It means learning to love, because someone loved you when you made it hard to be loved.
“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, AND SO she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little, shows only little love.” Luke 7:47 NLT
There’s a chase. And there’s an outcome.
This chase is between us and God. But little do most of us know that from the beginning, we were not chasing after God. Instead God was chasing after our hearts.
And the outcome of it all is that now not only does God chase after us.. But we earnestly chase after Him. Although He has made Himself readily available for us, we seek to know Him more.
Despite what people may think or believe about you does nothing to what is actually true. A lot of times, we as people fight so hard to get the chase from other people. We want to be noticed, listened to, cared about.. We want to be a part of the big plans we see before ours eyes.
But whether your dream is to serve in the ministry or to make it big somewhere else.. The way to aligning your dreams with Gods desire is by removing your focus off of people. Your friends, family, church family. Because if they don’t believe in your drive as well as you do or as well as God sees.. They won’t help you achieve it, and that’s just honesty.
But taking that focus off people and putting it solely on God, will not only stretch you farther, it’ll shed light on areas of yourself that you didn’t even know exsisted.
“I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” Psalms 116:1-2 NLT
God hears your voice more than you know. He’s listening to your heart. Every day the chase starts fresh again. You have to let God lead you to the outcome.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
I wish I had known this growing up! That first sentence out of this verse is so relieving! I want to be real in this blog, and I want to be able to express my experiences in life in hopes that maybe they’ll be helpful to someone else.
I have struggled, like everybody else has struggled, when it comes to temptation. Messing up! Making mistakes! Bumping our heads! You can call it whatever you would like really.. But we’ve all been through it.
Growing up as a young girl in a world where sex is so profoundly sold almost everywhere was not easy and even as an adult it’s still not any easier. We were told what was cool and what was not. And we were preached at about saving our virginity for our wedding night.
But I know plenty of women who were taught the same thing and just wasn’t able to follow through. I’m sure that maybe these mistakes still try to eat a lot of women up from the inside out. But please know that our mistakes do not define who we are. God does not say that once you give into temptation that you’re done for.
He tells us to get back up. Some of us had our innocence taken. That’s not your fault. Some of us grew up to believe that if we didn’t fulfill a young mans desire in that way then we were garbage. This is not why God created you.
I remember believing that I was damaged goods because someone took something away from me at an early age. I remember feeling the desire for sexual attention but not understanding why and feeling so ashamed of how I felt and how I dealt with it.
Finding out that I wasn’t the only one who battled with these feelings and insecurities made my life all the more easier to live. There was hope. God wasn’t angry with me and He was never ashamed of me. There was and is no disgust in His voice when He talks with me and I want you women, and men, to know this to.
You have been fearfully and wonderfully made. Don’t ever take yourself for granted. Whatever it is you battle with, God will be there every step of the way, in order to get you the the other side.
I get that I’m just one person. I’m one mind. So why would anyone care to read or hear what I have to say? The fact of the matter is.. My words could never reach a single ear.. When I write, not a single person could read it. But every time my pen hits the paper or my fingers hit the keys, something happens inside of me that almost feels like magic.
So if I were to write this and not a single soul ever see it, why keep writing? Why write at all? Because these words may not help someone else right now but they are still helping me. I write from what I learn. The things I endure gives you the end product you see here.
The fact is though, is these words may someday help someone. It might just be one person but even so the things I say and the things I do every day I do with the mindset of reaching someone who feels too far to be reached.
Remember the story of the talents? A certain amount of money was given to each person. Each person took their own share and multiplied it into even more than what they had before.. Except for one. One of them buried their share. And never truly invested in it.
You see some of us, maybe even most of us are letting our talents lay dormant inside of us because we think we’re protecting ourselves. But you’re not only hurting yourselves but others as well. We are called to use our gifts, whatever they may be, reach people that are lost.
Our lives are effected by each other. And without you stepping into the glory God has prepared for you, we stop that cycle of growth and connection. See, if my words somehow build a bridge even just a little better between someone and God then I’ve done my job right. And so I keep writing.. how can you use your gifts for His kingdom? How are you not doing so today?
It’s a funny thing our minds. How they work is remarkable. They take in what we hear, feel and see and gather information to help us process each moment. In 2 Thessalonians 3:5 it describes our hearts being led.
“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”
Coming into a full understanding is one thing. But coming into full expression is another. How much harder that actually is to accomplish.
From the abundance of our hearts the mouth speaks.. That is the phrase I learn to walk with. And in James 3:9-10 it talks about our mouth.
“Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth.”
We as humans are capeable of great and terrible things. The mind can be a very dangerous place. We need to be careful of the positions we put ourselves in. Either we set a trap for ourselves.. or we find our way out of this present darkness and help others along the way.
People don’t have to understand you. People don’t have to know you. You are you and that’s the only thing that truly matters.
Matthew 24:35 “The sky and the earth won’t last forever, but my words will.”
Gods words says it all doesn’t it? What does the Bible say that God says about us? We are beautifully and wonderfully made. We are so complex! God chose us and even before we were thought of, He was already thinking of us.
He formed us in our mothers womb for a purpose. What’s yours? You are not just a number. And you are not just a body to fill space. We are all here to accomplish Gods will on our lives. What’s He telling you? Whose He telling you to be?
By definition of “you”, are you listening? Because God is addressing His words to you.