Standing on my Soap Box

Value, Valuable, Valued

  • Sheila Rempel, Author
  • Writer, Southeastern Manitoba

Value – consider (someone or something) to be important or beneficial; have a high opinion of.

Valuable – of great worth,

Valued – a person or thing that is of great worth,

This week my thoughts have been around value, specifically my value, and whether I was valuable (not going to dark depressing thoughts, I promise) or why I wasn’t seen as valuable enough.

As I was thinking that I felt like God was changing my thoughts and was reminding me that I absolutely am valuable. (He sent his Son to die on a cross for me, how could I NOT be valuable) I just wasn’t valued by some.

So here is God’s thoughts on our being valuable all from the New King James Version:

  • Zechariah 2:8b for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye
  • Deuteronomy 32:10b – and kept him as the apple of his eye
  • Psalm 17:8 – keep me as the apple of Your eye

Did you know that we, who are his children, are the “Apple of his eye”? Some people translate that to we are the pupil of his eye. To me that says I am valuable to him.

The day that I had the “not valuable thoughts”, I looked up images on google with regards to being valued, and I found a picture that says “You are seen, you are loved, you are valued. As well as another one that says You Matter.

The other sign I found on Facebook had a picture of a little bird asking another little bird what she was throwing away. The answer really spoke to me “Oh just some old ideas and beliefs that were taking up too much space”. She was throwing into a garbage can boxes that said “ugly”, “too short”, “over emotional”, “failure”, and “not good enough”. How many times have we had those same thoughts? Maybe we heard those same statements from others before.

I, however, am here to tell you that you are valuable! Maybe its time to find a friend who can see your value. I have friends who have stuck by me throughout the past few years (and some even longer than that). I have friends that have put up with my mood swings and refuse to walk away. Those friends have been a blessing to me and have been so instrumental in my healing.

So, what about you? Who showed you or told you that you weren’t valued? (I didn’t say valuable! We are all valuable). Who gave you the impression that you weren’t enough? Maybe it was in school when you were younger. Maybe it was a parent, or a significant other. Maybe it was someone who gave you the impression you weren’t worth fighting for. Let me tell you, that’s on them.

Remember, we all have value and are valuable. While someone may not treat you as valued, that is on them, not on you. Be like that little birdie above and throw away the lies of satan that says that you are not enough – not good enough, not valued enough. Time is short on this earth to live it in the land of not enough.

Go forward, and KNOW that… You are seen, You are loved, You are valued.