I about had it.
I was tired of reading, “… we have reviewed your qualifications and experience and have decided to proceed with another candidate…”
I had applied for nearly 18 jobs. All but one sent me a similar message.
One begins to question her worth after that many rejections.
And the downward spiral of thoughts commenced:
“No one wants you.”
“You have nothing to offer anyone.”
“If you don’t have a ‘real’ job, you’re a nobody.”
“You’re such a failure. A failure at life.”
Your situation may be entirely different, but you probably understand.
You question your worth because
… you’re single. And you no longer desire to be.
… you continue to get passed over for a promotion.
… you’ve been on the receiving end of divorce papers.
… you messed up and you can’t believe you did such a thing.
… you’re struggling to stay healthy, and you just want to be whole again.
… you replay in your mind the voice(s) which spoke, “You’re nothing and you will always be a nothing.”
When you start traveling down such paths, it’s easy to end up discouraged, defeated, depressed, and distraught.
My heart goes out to you if this is where you’re finding yourself today.
Friend, please allow me to encourage you with truth. Truth not found in my words, but truth found in the words of Jesus:
Look, if you sold a few sparrows, how much money would you get? A copper coin apiece, perhaps? And yet your Father in heaven knows when those small sparrows fall to the ground. You, beloved, are worth so much more than a whole flock of sparrows. God knowseverything about you, even the number of hairs on your head. So do not fear. Matthew 10:29-31 (Voice)
Did you catch that?? You are worth so much more than a whole flock of sparrows.
Now, when I think of sparrows, I think of normal, everyday birds. I don’t find anything special about them. Right? But God does. God cares for His creation, even the sparrow. And He knows when it falls. If the sparrow is of that much worth to God, you are even more worthy. More worthy than an entire flock!
If He cares that much for the sparrow, He cares even more for you.
Your worth isn’t found in what you do, what job you have (or don’t have), what mistake you’ve made, how much stuff you own, how much money is in the bank, if you’re married or not, or how someone treats you.
It’s not found in how your kids behave, how you were raised, how old or young you are, where you live, what situation you’re walking through, or what another has said about you.
Your worth is found in God.
You’re worthy because He considers you worthy. You’re worthy because He made you worthy.
God got my attention with this scripture, and I was able to see truth. If He wanted me to have any of those jobs I applied for, He would have opened for me the door to walk through. Instead, He’s opened other doors. Doors to continue writing, as I keep my worth in Him in check.
Soak in this truth of your worth today, my friend. And let it shine through you to others.
Live boldly because you are worthy.
It’s Day 2 of #CelebratingWhoYouAre. I’m also linking this post up with Susan Mead today.
Feel like sharing? I’d love to hear from you below on how you plan to live boldly today because of your worth in God.
I invite you back tomorrow for Day 3!
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The job search is absolutely one of the most demoralizing things I’ve ever done. When I was out of work for a year and applied for over 70 jobs, the responses I got that were unprofessional and sometimes even rude were amazing. And sad to say, I was applying for church jobs. So we have to know and see our worth through God’s eyes. Have to. Because a job search isn’t the only place life will try to beat you down. Julie, you are worthy. Period. Love you and your words! xoxo
Oh, friend, your words are exactly what this heart of mine needed today. Thank you! We are all worthy in God’s eyes, and worthy because of what He’s done. I’m clinging to this truth today, as I move forward in Him! Glad we can journey together!
Amen! We are only worthy because of the cross. I’m so glad the Jesus died for my sins and embraces my suffering–all of it. I look forward to reading more from your series!
Hi Anita! Amen… “We are only worthy because of the cross.” What a gift we are given! Thanks for coming over, friend. You bless me. Have a great day!
THIS: “You’re worthy because He considers you worthy. You’re worthy because He made you worthy.” You are worthy too friend. Love you!
Thanks, Tara! His truth is timely for me. God bless you, sweet friend. Love you too!
Yes YOU are worthy, Julie. Thank you for sharing this truth. Hugs, Susan
Thank you, Susan. It’s always a joy to see you here. God bless you and your ministry, friend! Much love!
I can’t help but wonder if those rejection letters (at least they sent you that-lots of places don’t even bother if you’re not chosen) weren’t God’s way of protecting you from the wrong job. I’m enjoying this series, Julie (I’m going back and reading all the posts)
I agree, Mary. I believe God has a job already picked out for me, and it’ll be in His timing when it comes. Until then, I’m writing my heart out! Thank you for being a blessing to me!