Mental Health Monday - Monday, July 20, 2020
“You are God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for you to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
Too many people struggle with self-worth issues because they count on the wrong things to bring their life meaning. We often introduce ‘successful’ people by including their name and occupation, as though the work that they do is what makes them important: “I’d like to introduce you to ‘Jane Doe.’ She is a doctor / lawyer / teacher / CEO”; rarely will you hear an introduction like, “I’d like to introduce you to ‘John Smith.’ He’s a cashier / dishwasher / store clerk / unemployed. Or if it’s not their job, we are often quick to share someone’s accomplishments or connections as though that automatically validates why we should be interested in their story–wars fought, membership in a sports teams, medals won, academic achievement, family connections, wealth, and on and on we go. But none of those truly provide an individual with lasting self-worth.
When illness or accidents cause people to become unable to work, are they suddenly less important? Is a senior’s worth only in what they were able to accomplish in their younger years. Does a child’s intrinsic value lay in their potential only. No! Our value lies in the fact that God created us...in His image...for relationship...and even when we messed up, chose to pay the penalty to be able to restore us. Do you doubt this truth? Let me share a number of quotes from the Bible that tell us of our value in God’s eyes:
(Retrieved on 07/20/20 from https://www.amazingfacts.org/…/10-bible-verses-that-show-yo… .)
This world sometimes leaves us feeling kicked, empty, and wondering if it’s all worth it—or if we are worth it. But God leaves no doubt of the tremendous value He places on every human life, including yours. Read His promises ...
These are not only wonderful promises for those of us who believe in Jesus , but these truths also provide hope for anyone who does not know God. You can...know God...be changed...live a life of true freedom...live with purpose...know how loved you are!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!