Thursday, May 20, 2010

Change Your Measuring Stick!

What REALLY makes a woman valuable?

This was one of the topics we discussed last night with the ladies at our county jail, and to be honest, I haven’t been able to move on from it. So, let’s talk about it!!

What makes us valuable?

College degrees, great paying jobs, luxury cars, designer clothes, husbands/boyfriends, children? tell the truth, did you just sit there and measure yourself against those things as you read them? Maybe/maybe not….I know this, it wasn’t that long ago that I would have been doing that very thing.

In the past 10 years I could have checked most of those things off the list, and in the last five, I can check none. Does that make me less valuable now than I was before? Don’t think for one second that the accuser doesn’t try to tell me that every day, and for a while I allowed him to convince me of those lies he loves to whisper.

“You are such a failure!”
“No man will ever love you.”
“Who would want to be with you? You have nothing to bring to the table.”
“You could have been so much more.”

I could go on all day! The point is, I was using the wrong measuring stick. I was comparing myself to others, to myself in the past, to what I thought I should be and do and have. I was looking to jobs, possessions, status and a man to give me value….and I was coming up with the same answer every time….”You have no worth.”

So I decided to get a different measuring stick….the Word of God. What does He say about me?

“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14

• “I have a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

• “I am made in His likeness.” Genesis 1:26

• “I am the Righteousness of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

But let me go even deeper.

I have been bought with a price. (1 Cor. 6:20) Jesus paid the ultimate price for me! I am valuable because He loved me enough to pay for my life with His. I am priceless!

I didn’t choose Him, He chose me! (John 15:16) He CHOSE me! He created me, formed me, made me and chose me. Doesn’t it feel good to be chosen? That one fact, right there, just blows my mind sometimes. He picked me! The Creator of the universe chose me! THAT makes me valuable.

When I change my measuring stick and begin to look at the TRUTH of my Father instead of the LIES of my enemy, my perspective changes, and I begin to see what’s really important. What really makes me valuable....... He does! I have worth and value because He made me, He bought me, He chose me, and He lives in me!! He is all that I am, and I am all that He is. And lemme just tell y’all….there is nothing else that compares to that. No car, no house, no man…..nothing!

It is in this understanding that we stand up straight, shoulders back, head up, eyes ahead, and assume the full position of a woman of God. This is the place where we open ourselves up to the exceedingly, abundantly more of His promises; where we begin to walk into fulfillment, because He has become our total Source. We are hidden in Him, and we are now prepared, equipped and ready to handle the man, the job, the possessions in His perfect timing, without putting them ahead of Him in our lives!

Change your measuring stick, know your value, and allow the Lord to transform you into the woman He created you to be!
You’re gonna love her!!

“For in Him we live, and move, and have our being….” Acts 17:28

~ Manth


Kat Dufrene said...

I love it!

Stephanie B said...

This blog is almost as amazing as you are! Great reminder that I am precious in Gid's sight!