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Now that’s what I’m talking about!

I subscribe to a daily newsletter from Only In Your State. Each day I learn about fun things to do or see right here in Florida.

A few months back there this picture appeared followed by a story about these amazing milkshakes. You can find them near Miami at Boca’s House restaurant in Doral, FL. That’s about 4 hours from where I live but I think they might just be worth the drive!

So, what’s the definition of worth of anyway?

I’m glad you asked. If you’re going to drive all the way to Doral to enjoy those fancy milkshakes, it would be good to know ahead of time if they were really worth it.

One definition is the level at which someone or something deserves to be valued or rated. That sounds about right, doesn’t it? At least according to the world. Achieving that value or rating depends on many factors, most of them manmade.

But that’s a problem: if someone decides what has value, it might be arbitrary. And that means, it could change someday. Long ago, it was decided that diamonds and gold were rare and in limited supply so they had value. When given in jewelry, they became symbols of how we view someone else. The bigger the diamond, the purer the gold, the more valuable they were so when given as gifts they demonstrated to someone else the value you placed on them or the relationship.

But thankfully…

…yes, thankfully, that’s not the case with God. But I wonder how many of us can still fall into the trap of placing false values on things or other people. We can spend a lot of time and money pursing things we or others perceive as having great worth only to find in the end, it’s just stuff. It might cost a lot but it’s just stuff. And as the saying goes “You can’t take it with you.”

And that my friend, illustrates the problem with how we can fall into the same trap by believing some of the negative thoughts that bombard us all too often. Thoughts such as “I’m not good enough, I don’t make enough money, I have no talent, I’m a failure as a parent, etc. If we only consider a worldly view of value, we miss the beauty of how God sees us.

Our worth is God-given, God-ordained.

There’s not a big enough diamond or enough gold in the world to measure the value of our worth in God’s eyes. Isn’t that a relief? Here are just a few biblical reminders of the worth God sees in us:

  1. …for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. (1 Peter 2:9 NLT)
  2. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT)
  3. Verses from Song of Solomon: You are beautiful, my darling, beautiful beyond words (4:1); you have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride (4:9); Oh, how beautiful you are! How pleasing, my love, how full of delights! (7:6).
  4. For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)
  5. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13-14 NIV)

Enough said! Do I hear an amen?

Those verses are just a sample of what you’ll find in the pages of the Book God gave us to reveal Himself to us.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s not a thing wrong with a pretty piece of jewelry. There’s nothing wrong with being rewarded for hard work with a promotion or a raise.

But don’t make life all about or only about things that hold temporary worth. Instead, rejoice in the amazing love of an amazing God who created you with value and worth to Him and His kingdom. Rejoice in how He sees you and in how much He loves you.

And that…you can take to the bank!

Love to all,

Mimi

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Leftovers Again

By Muffet (used with permission)

By Muffet (used with permission)

It’s only been a few days, but already I’m gathering Christmas items from around the house, parking them under the tree so we’re sure to pack them up in a few days.

After packing up last year’s stuff, around mid-January I found four Christmas items in my house. It’s such a pain to climb into the attic and find the right storage container that I just left them. This year I’m determined not to have any leftovers.

One would think Christmas leftovers would bring a smile, reminding us throughout the year of family, gifts, happy times, and most importantly…of Jesus. But for me, seeing the Christmas leftovers is just a reminder that I missed something. It seems out of place. It doesn’t belong. And every time I see it (or them) I’m reminded that despite its intended purpose or beauty, it shouldn’t be there.

But leftovers aren’t only seen at Christmas time or sitting uneaten in the refrigerator. Leftovers come in the form of people, too. Sometimes they’re easy to spot: the homeless person sleeping on a bench, the woman disfigured from years of spousal abuse. But sometimes they are right out in the open where we pass them every day completely unaware that inside they feel like a leftover, like a has-been, like someone no one else is interested in—most of all God.

Have you ever felt like that? Maybe you’ve led a rough life and done things you wish you hadn’t. Maybe you’ve been unkind to others. Maybe they’ve been unkind to you. Perhaps you feel as if life has passed you by and you find hope is no longer something you can hang on to.

Maybe you’ve done such a number on yourself that you no longer feel worthy of respect or love and you’ve come to believe you don’t even deserve it. Hope is gone and not only is the future bleak but the now is bleak as well.

And if it’s not you, it’s someone you know or a stranger passing by. We’re surrounded by people who feel like yesterday’s news, yesterday’s leftovers who no one else is interested in. Knowing that in a heartbeat you’ll be tossed out like yesterday’s garbage.

So what to do? If we’re the one struggling with feeling like a leftover, then we can remind ourselves of how God sees us in the Scriptures below, all quoted from the New International Version of the Bible.

  • Psalm 149:4  For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.
  • Jeremiah 29:11   For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
  • Galatians 4:7   You are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
  • 1 John 3:1   See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

And if we’re doing okay in that regard, then we can look for the leftovers surrounding us; we can seek them out, pray with and for them, encourage them, share these Scriptures with them, love them.

Be encouraged, dear one. There are no leftover in God’s eyes—only “first-overs!”

Mimi