Pretend I was offering you a crisp and brand new hundred dollar bill. I’m pretty sure you’d take it.
Now, pretend I crumpled it up in my hand. Would you still want it? Of course you would.
Now, let’s say that after I crumpled it up, I threw it in the dirt and stomped on it. Then, I ripped some pieces of it off. Then, I took a lighter and singed some of the edges. Then, I took a marker and drew glasses and freckles on Ben Franklin.
Would you still want the hundred dollar bill then?
The answer, of course, is still “yes.”
Because despite everything I did to the bill, it is still worth the exact same amount. Being crumpled, crushed, creased, ripped, torn, burned, and marked did not decrease its value at all.
God sees us like we see that $100 bill.
When we’re born, we are crisp and clean and a brand new baby human with nothing but possibility in front of us.
Then, we are hurt. We get called names. We get pushed down. We get bullied. We get broken up with. We get criticized. We get burned. We get scarred. We get to the point where we think we are worthless. We begin to even harm ourselves with our bad decisions, addictions, and character defects.
But God looks at us and still sees a baby human with nothing but possibility in front of us. To Him, we are always worthwhile, always valuable, always someone who can still do great things in this world, if we trust in Him.
You know, like it says on the money.
Don’t ever think that you have no worth. Don’t ever think that God doesn’t love you just as much today as He did the day you were formed in your mother’s womb. And don’t ever think, not even for a moment, that God can’t do amazing things through you.
In the eyes of God, there is no such thing as worthless. In other words, your value is 100, and God's gonna keep it 100.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7 ESV)
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 ESV)