Have you ever noticed how the value of something often seems to have more to do with who made it than what it actually is?
Those shoes are Manolo Blahniks…
This car is a Lexus…
That painting is a Picasso…
This is Starbucks coffee.
Even if you don’t think that a Picasso is something you’d like hanging in your living room, still, by virtue of it being a Picasso, there is an intrinsic value ascribed to the work of art, because Picasso was the creator.
And so it is with you.
The world is full of people ready to de-value you, because you’re not Lexus enough…you’re not Manolo enough…you’re not Picasso enough.
But your Creator had something else in mind when He created you, and part of the joy of life is taking the time (and sometimes the risk) to discover how you were created, what makes you tick, and what makes you really alive.
As Irenaeus, an early Christian thinker and writer once put it,
“The glory of God is man fully alive.”
Do you think you could look in the mirror today? Not in the literal sense…the real value is on the inside. Look in, look deeper. Look for patterns. Think about times when you’ve felt that x-factor Eric Liddell described by simply saying,
“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”
Are you living that now? What steps could you start taking to get there?
No matter what this world tells you, regardless of your cans and your can’t’s, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
And of so much more value than even the sassiest pair of stilettos.