Realizing Your Worth

Have you ever felt that slight nudge, heard that quiet whisper, or seen a special rainbow that makes you feel you are on the right track? Didn’t that encourage you? Wouldn’t it be nice to have that feeling often? Then, think what it could be like to know someone who wants you to succeed. How good would it feel to have that someone believe in you all of the time?

We become like bees to flowers when we start listening to these gentle nudging, like horses to water when we hear praise. Sadly, we can’t go back in time. Poor parenting – or even no parenting – causes this to become a more difficult task for some. Mentors help. Persistence helps. Believing in yourself helps.

BUT ARE YOU WORTH IT? When you can answer this question in a positive way, you have turned a corner. When you realize that there is no one exactly like you, that God continually forgives us our wrongs, and that He believes in you, you are on your way. You have been given abilities that no one else has in quite the same way. With that realization, however, comes the responsibility to actually DO something with those abilities. Grow them. Improve them. Use them. Multiply them. Know that what you do cannot be done in the very same way by anyone else. That makes you very special.

God has invested in you. He has seen in you a way to make something or someone better. He has seen value in you. Don’t refute that. Don’t ignore it. When you challenge yourself to grow…amazingly, you DO! Do it…and grow strong in the Lord.

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.