What Are You Worth?

What Are You Worth?

What a special moment when an athlete climbs the podium to receive their gold medal and hear their anthem played. We watch in awe as their accomplishment crowns them with prestige and honor. But in some cases years, months, or even days later we hear the disturbing news. They have been stripped of their title for one reason or another. One moment gives them dignity and then they are stripped of it.

Can you identify?

Dignity is the state of being honored, esteemed, or worthy. So many of us pursue power, prestige, fashion, or fortune to find it. On the other hand, some of us have experienced such darkness and destruction we couldn’t dare to dream we would feel dignified again. Recently, my friend shared of her assault that left her feeling violated and vulnerable. As I listened my heart ached. I burned inside for her to know her value again.

Whether we are trying to build our own towers of worth or our towers have been laid to waste by others, our efforts or experiences don’t define our dignity. God does.

“My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.” (Ps. 62: 7).

Our worth, our honor, our dignity come from God alone. A wise friend once told me, “An object is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.” Well, God paid for us with his one and only Son’s life. God put his love into action for his children. What does that say about our worth? How would our Father want us to see our own dignity in his eyes?

Our circumstances, culture, and community threaten our dignity. But when we stand on the strong foundation of our God and allow him to cover us with his shield of truth, we can’t be touched. Though Satan may try, God claimed our victory on the cross. We cannot be trifled with as daughters of the King.

God defines and defends our dignity, not our past disgrace nor our present disappointments. I pray this leads you to walk taller, stand stronger, see deeper, and feel bolder this day and in the ones to come.

Restore

  • Do you seek out honor in your own efforts? Do you find yourself striving to be esteemed by those around you? If so, how and why? Are you tired yet?
  • Have your past experiences shrouded your self-worth? Has someone threatened to steal your dignity?

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  • What assurance does it give you to know that God defines your dignity? Does this change how you think God views you? If so, how?

Rehearse

  • Read the following truths. On an index card, write down the one that stands out to you. Read it each day this week.

I have been justified (Rom. 5:1).

I have been bought with a price; I belong to God (1 Cor. 6:20).

I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins (Col. 1:14).

I am God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10).

I am God’s temple (1 Cor. 3:16).

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).

  • At your family dinnertime tonight, read through these truths. Share the truth that resonates with you, and ask which one resonates with the rest of your family members. If you are not married, remember you are part of God’s family. Share it with someone in your small group, or a trusted friend.

Father, earthly accolades or issues don’t define our dignity. You do. Expose and extinguish the lies in our minds and heal the recess of our hearts that have been hurt. Throughout our week help us to see our dignity through the lens of your truth. Love, Your Daughters

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About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.