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Some days it’s easy to forget the truth that you have worth. Not because of what you do or wear or say or think. You are worthy of love, to love and to be loved simply for who you are. From the moment you were conceived until your death, you are worth more.

It’s easy to fall into the trap, the lies, that make it hard to see. That make hope a distant memory. But you are a gift. Your life is a gift to those around you. To your friends, to your family, to the stranger you smile at for no reason.

It may feel like the hardest thing to crawl out of your bed in the morning. It may take more strength than you think you have to smile when you want to cry. You don’t need to act or put on a face to “be brave”. Just lean on those who love you for who you are.

You are a gift. Your smile, your laugh, the glimmer in your eyes. Your wit, your nerdy knowledge, just your presence.

Too often, we only look at strength as a measure of how much I can pick up and put down. That’s not the only measure. Superman may be able to punch through walls and lift buildings, but without his heart, he wouldn’t be an iconic hero.

Compassion is a kind of strength.

We all need love. We’re all scared to open up to others. But, I think a lot of us are willing to be the shoulder others can lean on. Maybe it’s easier to prop others up than to let them prop us up. I don’t know.

Sometimes, it takes a truly terrible moment for us to reach out and open up to others. But there’s already one who knows your brokenness, hurt, and weirdness. He loves you anyway. God wants to listen to your anguished cries, your tear-stained prayers, your laughter, your joy, all that you are, He loves every part of you. He knows you as only the One who made you can.

Don’t hide who you are. No one is perfect, we’re all just trying to do our best. You don’t have to be strong all the time. Opening yourself up to someone else takes more courage than most people realize.

You are strong. You are brave. You have worth. You matter. You are loved. You are a gift.

Just be you. That’s my favorite person.