Today’s Reading: Isaiah 48:12-50:11 (additional reading: Psalm 69:1-18 and Proverbs 24:5-6)

The one thing all humans need more than anything else is to know they are loved. Without love, people feel worthless, unimportant and even useless. That is one reason why we always tend to compare ourselves with other people. We either consider ourselves better than them or we wish we were as good as they are. We base our level of importance on: Our appearance, our achievements, our being approved by others and our wealth or power.

The problem with these four standards is that none of them are stable. They will all change depending on moment-to-moment circumstances. The trouble with letting things like these dictate your self-worth is that your self-worth will always be changing and you will never know from one moment to the next where you stand.

A gem dealer was strolling through a gem & mineral show in Tucson, Arizona when he noticed a large bluish colored stone the size of a potato. He looked it over, and asked the vendor how much he wanted for it. The man said he was trying to get $15.00 for it, but since it wasn’t that pretty, he let it go for $10.00. The stone has since been certified as a 1,905-carat natural star sapphire. It is larger than any stone of its kind. And, it is appraised at $2.28 million.

It took a lover of stones to recognize the sapphire’s worth. It took the Lover of Souls to recognize the true value of people like you and me. If you want to build your self-image, build it on something that will last; build it on what God think of you, not on what the world thinks of you. When we understand what God thinks of us, it changes the way we see ourselves, and that starts changing our hearts to be Christ-like

Isaiah 49:2 says “See, I have written your name on My hand….” I have heard people say that God loves us so much, that if He had a wallet, He would carry our pictures in it. But God doesn’t need to carry our pictures, because He has each one of our names written in the scars of His hands. That how much He loves us and values us.

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