Source of our Value
"what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" Psalm 8:4
In the bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren describes how God sees you:
You are not an accident. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature…Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of you first…He custom-made your body just the way he wanted it.
He also determined the natural talents you would possess and the uniqueness of your personality…Most amazing, God decided how you would be born.
Regardless of the circumstances of your birth or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you. It doesn’t matter whether your parents were good, bad, or indifferent. God knew that those two individuals possessed exactly the right genetic makeup to create the custom “you” he had in mind.
They had the DNA God wanted to make you…God never does anything accidentally, and he never makes mistakes.
He has a reason for everything he creates…God was thinking of you even before he made the world…This is how much God loves and values you!
Do you believe that description? Do you believe that God loves you and values you? Do you know that you are precious to him?
Do you believe that he accepts you and forgives you?
Are you convinced that you are of great worth to him?
If you want to strengthen your relationship to God, see How to Have a Relationship with God.
Life is a relationship
LIFE IS RELATIONSHIPS; THE REST IS JUST DETAILS.
:01 ONE-MINUTE REVIEW The DNA of RELATIONSHIPS
1. The DNA of Relationships:
You are made for relationships. Relationships are part of the creation design. You are created to need relationships.
You are made with the capacity to choose. You can’t always choose your relationships, but you can choose how you will act in those relationships. You are made to take responsibility for yourself. You are responsible for your choices and actions. You cannot change the other person, but you can take responsibility for your own behavior. 2. You have a relationship with others, with yourself, and with God. Each of those relationships is not only important, but each is intricately related to the others.
3. It’s never just about the other person. The problem you have with another person is often a problem you have with yourself.
4. Put yourself in the picture. When you see yourself in the same “frame” as the other person, you begin to see yourself as part of the problem as well as part of the solution.
5. Get God’s lens for a healthy view of your relationships. Only when you see your relationships through an accurate lens—God’s lens—can you see others as he sees them and see yourself as he sees you. That lens is the basis for healthy relationships.
6. All three relationships must be in balance. Each of the three relationships is so tied to the others that if one is out of balance, the other two will be out of balance too.
7. Choice equals change. All relationships involve choice. When you choose to work toward healthy relationships, you often find things need to change. You must choose to change, even when the change is scary.
8. Not choosing is itself a choice. If you postpone making a choice, making a change, then you are choosing. By not doing anything, you force change to be done to you.
You are not a victim