Who Determines Your Worth

July 31, 2011

Consider the worth of a woman. Are the factors that determine her value based upon shifting factors or fixed factors?

 

What kind of variable factors?

There are many reasons why women feel worthless:

  • Because they've been abused (raped, molested, physically abused, verbally abused...)

  • Because they've been told that they're worthless (by a parent, spouse, sibling, teenage child, or another...)

  • Because of choices they've made (divorce, infidelity, abortion, promiscuity, eating disorders, addictions, uncontrolled anger...)

  • Because they've been cheated on (infidelity, internet affair, pornography...)

  • Because they're co-dependent (conclude their value based upon other people - "If my mate isn't okay, I'm not okay.")

  • Because they don't collect a paycheck (stay at home moms that have left the work force, laid off employees, displaced employees, those on disability...)

  • Because they've battled an illness (unable to care for family, perform basic home duties, participate in ministry or Bible study like they once did, can't drive, cook...)

Unfortunately, the factors that we use to define our worth are endless. Many of us feel worthless. Why? We've felt ignored, invisible, insignificant, useless, undesired, ugly, unloved, or forgotten. We are emotionally broken in many ways. Great portions of our identity and of our personal value are wrapped into combustible packages of emotion - how we feel about this or that. The truth is, our worth has nothing to do with our feelings. I'm constantly tempted to define my worth with activities, emotions, and accomplishments.

 I've come to the realization that way of thinking is a spiritual dead end road. Scripture tells us that anything we do in our own strength or of our own goodness is of no value to God."All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags"

Feelings of worthlessness are from the Devil. We need to associate the word worthless with the word lie. That's exactly what it is, a big, fat lie! I myself have fallen victim to that lie at times in my life; living a defeated live because I didn’t know how to overcome my sense of worthlessness. God wants every one of us to experience healing and have a healthy sense of self-worth.

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