What I Wish I Knew Then

29 Oct

If I could go back in time and tell my younger self something I know now, what would it be? Such memes rarely get more than a glance from me. However, the song playing on the radio refused to be ignored. So, I let my mind sort through the wisdom I’ve gathered over the years.

The answer rose to the surface with surprising speed. While working on my memoir, I saw more clearly how much weight I put on the approval of others. Lack of praise or a perceived slight turned into harsh rejection in my mind.

A few years ago, an author revealed a deep—but obvious–truth. We are all flawed individuals. It falls to reason that we possess flawed opinions. So, why give so much weight to the opinions of flawed individuals who may also be looking for approval? Instead, recognize Jesus’ declaration of our worth is all that matters.

One of the simplest truths in Scripture took far too many years for me to see and understand. The only one who judges righteously has deemed me worthy of love and has loved me completely. My worth is based on being that pearl of great price. Jesus gave up all his glory in heaven to buy with his own blood a pure relationship with his creation. He made himself a friend that sticks closer than a brother and calls me his own.

Yes, I still need good relationships with those around me, positive social connections, but my worth is not dependent upon their thoughts of me. It could be those perceived slights from others were outward signs of lacking in knowing their worth.

So, Younger Self, listen up! Review aloud every day who and what God says you are. Believe it. Then go forth with confidence in knowing Jesus Is with you and is so pleased to call you friend and brother.

Here are some verses to help:

  • Matthew 13:45-46 – Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
  • Proverbs 18:24 – A friend who sticks closer than a brother
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 A new creation
  • Romans 8:37 More than a conqueror

Do you have favorite verses to help you realign your thoughts on your true worth?

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