We had bible study at church last night--this has become one of my favorite weekly activities. I find that I get kind of "out of kilter" if I miss a Wednesday night study. Currently, we are going through James McDonald's book Gripped by the Greatness of God. What a blessing it has been!
One of the biggest things to hit me during the entire series was a point we explored last night. Being valued versus being valuable. The bible says that I am valued by God. He finds value in His creation. Isaiah 43:4 - Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.
It seems like a small nuance, but that is not to be confused with valuable. Many aspects of our society right now put being valuable on a pedestal. But, we must be very careful not to strive to be valuable in the eyes of this world. A valuable employee can easily stumble and be replaced. A valuable car can easily get rusted or dented and not be as valuable anymore. A valuable piece of jewelry will become dull and tarnished, and soon not be so valuable. And, if I am valuable, then my qualities, accomplishments, defeats, and falls can alter that perspective.
Thankfully, being valued by God has absolutely nothing to do with anything about me! I can't do anything to either increase or decrease it. It is all about God, and what He sees in His creation. Doesn't that just take the pressure off? What a relief! Now, I can get on with my day . . .