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Days come where we get kicked in the teeth, whether from someone’s comment, our workload, or some other circumstance. In those moments, it’s easy to forget our value and worth as children of God. It’s easy to look at my own flaws and not see the beautiful human being I am.

We need only look to the cross to see our inherent value, however. To know the price God willingly paid of each one of us. Individually. Torture, torment, and death for you, Carolyn. Suffering for you, Stephanie. He would’ve died only for you, Tony. He loves you, Lize. He knows who you are and what you’ve done, Ben, and loves you (Romans 5:8). He gave His life for you, John. He still fights for you, Heather. He never leaves you or forsakes you, Brian (Deuteronomy 31:8). It doesn’t matter how often you fall, Dan. Or how long it takes for you to get up, Justin. He continues to and always will love you, Jill. He will always take you back, Rob. He yearns for you, Karen. No matter where you are, Paul, He seeks you. He cherishes you, Chad. He’s holding out His hand and whispering your name, Katie.

He has seen your heart and knows your worth. More precious than silver, more costly than gold, more beautiful than diamonds.

Jesus Christ took the punishment of our sins upon Himself, from the Fall of Adam and Eve to this very moment and beyond, He knew the price and He willingly paid it. The cost was worth it. Is worth it. Will always be worth it.

He knew your worth. He knows your value (John 3:16-17).

He died so that you might have life and have it too the full (John 10:10).

We are all sons and daughters of God. Let’s treat each other as if we know our own worth and the value of others. It costs us nothing to be kind, to encourage, and to share a smile. When we remind others of their value, we provide light into darkness. We brighten instead of ignoring. We are the light of the world, let’s shine (Matthew 5:14-16).

Remember who you are. Remember whose you are.

I think, in the midst of this pandemic we are being to. Many are sacrificing time, labor, and money/goods to help those in need and protect the most vulnerable among us. The value and worth of human life is resurfacing. From conception to natural death.

I know you have value; even when you can’t see it, I know your worth. I pray that you see it, feel it, and know it and that I continue to grow more aware of how I can help you see it, too.

You are smart, hilarious, beautiful, talented. You have worth not because of what you do for me. You have value simply for being who God created you to be, His beloved child. You are so loved. May you never forget it. May I always show it.

God loves you, so do I.