This morning, imagine that I am handing you a new, crisp one-hundred-dollar bill. Would you want it? Probably so! If I crumpled it, you’d still want it. And if I threw it on the ground and stomped on it until the picture on the bill was barely perceptible, you’d still want it, because you know that a beat-up hundred-dollar bill is still worth a hundred dollars.
That’s the way God sees each of us. We all go through challenges and struggles. Sometimes we feel like that crumpled and soiled hundred-dollar bill. But, in fact, we will never, ever lose our value, which has been placed in us by the Creator of the universe. Nobody can take it away from us.
Unfortunately, you may have gone through some traumatic, painful experiences in which somebody mistreated you, used you, or rejected you. Maybe your husband or wife walked out on you or a good friend turned on you for no reason. Or maybe you felt rejected as a child, and you are living with feelings of heartache, pain, guilt, and condemnation. Perhaps you’ve even convinced yourself that the negative things that happened in your past are all your fault.
Friend, nothing could be further from the truth. You cannot allow your self-esteem and your sense of value to be determined by how other people treat you. God accepts us even if everybody else in this world reject us. He will take you in and adopt you as His very own child.