So often when it comes to depression and even self harm, those of us that suffer justify our pain by insisting that we aren't good enough for a better life.
We feel like we deserve what we're going through.
That we aren't good enough to not suffer.
I know that I have struggled with these thoughts more often than I would like.
I have often felt like I deserved the pain that I was going through and that I wasn't good enough.
If I'm being honest, I still struggle with those thoughts from time to time.
Working in youth ministry, I hear this a lot. Students struggling with their self worth, with their value.
"Brandi, I deserve to feel this way" or "I'm not good enough to have positive things in my life".
Maybe you are feeling those same things right now for whatever reason.
Let me challenge that thinking for a second.
Who says you aren't good enough?
Who says you deserve this?
People in your life?
You know who feels otherwise?
He created our in most being. He knit us together in the womb. He has great plans for His children. He thought, and still thinks, that you are worth enough to send His son in your place.
Our home is not this world. Our rewards won't be found here.
So what the world thinks shouldn't be our focus.
And trust me, I know how hard it is for it not to be.
But we should take heart, because if we're doing something that the world approves of, I have a feeling that we're probably doing something that the Father doesn't.
If the world hates us, remember that it hated Jesus first.
And He should be our example.
I know that struggling with self worth plays hand in hand with depression. But realize that your value is not found in this world.
You are worth more than you know. You were bought with a price. And you were bought freely.
So the next time someone tries to tell you that you aren't good enough, ask them, "Says who?"
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Until next time,