I don’t know about you, but I often get discouraged by numbers. Not only do I get discouraged by them, I tend to let them define me.
Here are some of the numbers I’ve let dominate my thoughts (in both pride-filled and shame-ridden ways) over the past few years, see if you can relate…
The numbers on:
The inside back label of my pants
The area code/zip code from where I live or came
The number of children I’ve had or not had (when struggling with infertility, as well as, in the homeschool world)
My savings account balance
My checking account balance
My salary/pay for a job
My husband’s salary/pay for a job
My boys’ ages
The amount of time I allow my boys or self to __________
The number of “likes” something I’ve posted on FB receives
The number of subscribers to this blog
The number of followers/friends I have in real life or on social media
The list goes on and on…
I’ve often let my value or lack of value be derived by those numbers (numbers which go up and down daily). That’s some shaky ground to be basing value upon!
Lately, as I’ve mistakingly given and taken away my worth based upon some of these things, I’ve sensed God whispering to me, “The numbers don’t matter.”
I’ve pondered this quite a bit over the recent weeks and have decided that there’s only one number that really matters. Only one number to base my worth upon…
While the other numbers in life rise and fall without much given warning, one number remains constant.
I (and you) have been made 4 a purpose.
Created 4 God’s Glory.
Bought 4 a price… Paid 4 by Christ’s perfect blood.
Ransomed 4 a relationship with the One and Only Living God.
4given as we confess our sins and put our faith in Christ Jesus.
Gifted 4 Kingdom work.
Prayerfully, living 4 Him.
With that said, I pray that we who struggle with finding our value in numbers would take our thoughts captive, give our numbers to God and begin to look solely to Him 4 our worth. He provides the only constant number upon which to build our worth’s foundation.
Something to think about.
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