Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~Goody-Goody Is A Bad Thing?~ September 25, 2013

hurt peopleRecently I was talking to a young lady who is oftentimes ridiculed for being a “goody goody” and it made me think of so many other young people who are made to feel ashamed for being good Christians.  What kind of a messed up world are we living in when those who live righteously are mocked?  When did it become acceptable to belittle someone based solely on the fact that they have chosen a life that lines up with the Word as opposed to submitting to the pressure that the world places on them to conform?

This is not exclusive to our children.  Many adults are faced with this same trouble.  Friends poke fun behind their backs because they don’t participate in the same “recreational” activities or refuse to follow the crowd.

Well, the good news is, those who are being mocked right now…you are in the same shoes that Jesus once walked.  So let people laugh and make fun.  Recall to mind the words of your childhood, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me!”  Don’t respond to their attacks in anger, but with gentleness and grace.  It has been my experience that people make fun of what they don’t understand.  So make it a point to show them the way to the same Jesus that you serve by not retaliating.  After all, if you seek vengeance, are you really any different than the rest of the world?

 “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”  But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.   For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”

(1 Peter 3:13-17 NIV)

 

~Undervalued~ June 13, 2013

Social media tells me a lot about people and the completely backwards world we live in.  One day someone is airing their dirty laundry about a spoiled relationship due to unfaithfulness, a friendship gone wrong because of loose lips or whatever else may have said person upset.  Within a day or so, the very same person is singing the praises of the offender that caused them enough turmoil that they felt it necessary to share with the world.  What is wrong with this picture?!

I happen to think it’s a result of people undervaluing themselves.  If you don’t think you are worthy of being treated with love and respect, then chances are, the people you surround yourself with are going to think the same.  While my lady friends tend to be most guilty of having low self-worth, there are quite a few fellas out there who struggle with the same problem.  For whatever reason, some of you honestly believe you deserve the poor treatment that your “loved ones” throw your way.  It could be that growing up you were made to believe that you would never amount to anything by someone that should have been lifting you up.  Or perhaps you’ve experienced so many failed relationships you feel you have to settle for whatever you can get, even if they treat you like a doormat.

I just can’t take it anymore.  People, you are children of God.  That should be enough to make you see that you are worthy.  God does not make trash, so stop letting people treat you as if all you deserve are scraps.  He makes everything glorious, that includes you!  No one deserves to be made to feel as though they don’t matter enough to be loved and held in high regard.  I’d also like to point out that there is a big difference in forgiving someone and allowing them to continue to use and abuse you.

Snap out of it and realize that you are God’s treasure and no amount of mistakes or past hurts can take that away from you.  You alone determine how others will treat you.  If you allow someone to put you down and take advantage of you, there will always be someone out there who will do just that.  However, if you look at the Word of God and see what your Creator has to say about you, then I can assure you that your self-worth will skyrocket.

I wanted to share just a couple of verses that will hopefully serve as a reminder of how precious and priceless you are.

“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it.”

(Psalm 139:14 NLT) 

“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.”

(1 Peter 2:9-10 The Message)

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

(Luke 12:7 NIV)

Having read just these handful of scriptures, do you still think of yourself as worthless?Knowyourworth