“So we might be the most important of all the things he made.” Jas 1:18 NCV Be careful around people who don’t value themselves, because they’re incapable of valuing you. Look for those who enhance you, not inhibit you; who fertilize your mind and fortify your faith. When you’re around them you’ll see your best qualities mirrored, and be nurtured by the words that come from their lips. When you encounter somebody who says you have nothing to offer, be sure to laugh; it’s impolite to hear a joke and not laugh. When God made you He stepped back and said, “That’s very good” (See Ge 1:31). So stop entertaining contrary opinions. You have so much potential that the word “possibility” is written all over you. By God’s grace you can be everything He desires. “God decided to give us life through the word of truth, so we might be the most important of all the things he made.” You say, “But I’ve so many regrets.” If you’ve repented and learned from them, get your eyes on the future! God’s love isn’t based on your performance. He didn’t pick you because of your virtues. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Ro 5:8). He’s the God of second chances, and third ones too. Paul writes, “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish” (Php 1:6 TM). The God Who brought you this far will take you the rest of the way; He’s committed to you. Just make sure you’re committed to Him.
Published on Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 10:43 AM CDT