Sunday, 18 October 2015
Dear Sistamine, You Don't Just Have Value. You ARE Value.
Some days after the last Woman Cry Out prayer conference, two young ladies contacted me. Separately. They don't know each other but they shared a common burden. The burden we sometimes let the devil place on our heads when we buy its lies. They believed they had no worth. In different words they shared the same anxieties: Time is passing and I can't see what my life means, I'm not significant. Lagbaja is younger but she's married. My baby sister just had her second baby, I'm still here, doing a job I hate, all around I see my mates moving ahead, nobody seems to care and it just looks like my existence has no value! I was sad as I read theses mails I can only imagine how God felt.
Psalm 139:13-14, 17 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!
After checking to ascertain if they had given their lives over to the Lordship of Christ and trusting they spoke truthfully I shared this scripture with them. I asked them to meditate on these verses over and over and just let God minister to their hurting hearts via His Word. I prayed with each one and promised to speak with them in a few days.
You can imagine how excited I was to be sitting at the SisterPower meeting yesterday and every thing I was getting was as if God was coaching me on what to tell his daughters. Through the women that shared God reaffirmed that there is not one of His children that is value-less. Each and everyone of us has something to offer the world. We miss it because we always think value must always be something we have. But thanks to Pastor Shade Toyin-Kehinde, for making it super clear that my value can also be something I am. Let me explain.
You can lead praise and worship and God will surely come down.
That's value you have. You bring authentic, spirit-led worship to the table.
You are compassionate. Always your heart reaches out to people and you just have to do something.
That's value you are. Compassion is in your DNA.
You can design and make clothes, cards, jewelry, etc.
That's value you have. God has given you creativity.
You love to encourage people. You always have a good word for people. Always see their positive side.
That's value you are. God has given you His eyes and heart for others.
Do you get it? Can you see how this works? True, some people fall in both categories but one thing is certain. No one has none. We all have or are value. I can't wait to share with my sisters and because I know I won't do justice to all I heard, I got copies of the CDs for the one who lives here in Nigeria. And plan to order a copy of Bidemi's DNA for the one in diaspora. I know the book will really help her understand that we are all running individual races.
So, you dear one reading this now, what is your value? Please take a minute and think about yourself. What do you bring to the table of this world? Perhaps you are the personification of a forgiving heart? That's your value. Maybe you are a burden bearer? So many responsibilities on your shoulder yet no one would believe cos you carry it all with a smile? That's your value. Or maybe you are the sort that can go into the back of the beyond, the shanties, the gutters to help people when others hold their noses in disdain? That, my love is your value. As the scripture I shared with my two ladies says, God knit this value into you as He was forming you in your mom's womb! How wonderful is that?
So please, from now on, refuse to buy any of the lies that dirty mongrel of a devil is selling! Mokop? You hear? Eh-hen! Thank you. Now, bring out a mirror from your bag or go stand in front of one and say these words out loud to your fine self: "Wow! Look at you girl! You got God-given value in you! You are fearfully and wonderfully made! Now, lift your head up high and go out there and be all God created you to be!"
P.S. I beg you to remember that having a Mrs. or Mommy title is value neutral. They are good but they do not add to/ subtract from your God-given value nor do they determine your significance or worth on this planet. You were borm complete brimming over with intrinsic value! OK? Being an employee, wife or mom can only enhance what God already put in you. If you still cannot fathom what your value is, perhaps you want to spend less time watching XYZ manifest her own value and more time with your PapaGod figuring out what yours is. Trust me, He will show you. Because you are worth it. *smiling*
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