Your Life Has Great Value.


"That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:10


I turned 30-years-old on Sunday, and if I'm honest, I was feeling a little bittersweet about my birthday this year.

On one hand, I was excited to begin a new chapter of my life. But on the other hand, I have a couple of major goals that I wanted to accomplish by 30, and I failed to achieve them.

As I was thinking about what to write about this week, I was reminded of a situation that happened a few weeks ago.

One of the kids that I babysitlet’s call him Davidhad a playdate with a friend from school, Travis. While David and Travis were playing with Legos after school, Travis had his eyes on one of David’s tiny Lego people.

He wanted to take the Lego Minifigure home, but David didn’t want to give it to him. Travis tried to manipulate David by telling him that he wouldn’t be his friend anymore if he didn’t give him the Lego, but David didn't budge on his decision.

Travis was determined to take home that Lego, though! So he marched over to his backpack, pulled out his wallet, and offered to give David $20 for his Lego.

It was almost as if David’s eyes miraculously turned into a heart emoji, and he agreed to give Travis the Lego in exchange for the money. That’s when I stepped in.

I told David that he shouldn’t take money from his friend for one of his Legos, especially $20, and I suggested that they trade toys instead. Luckily, Travis had a toy in his backpack that was a suitable trade for the Lego.

You see, Travis didn’t know the value of the $20 that he hadhe’s only 6-years-old. But his desire for that Lego piece was so great that he was willing to trade just about anything to get it.

To him, David's toy was more valuable, at that moment, than the money that could've bought him a whole pack of Lego figurines.

That situation made me think about how sometimes we don’t know the value of what we have, what we’ve gone through, and what God is doing in our lives.

We often wish we can trade our circumstances or lives for something "better."

So, yes, I was bittersweet about my birthday until I realized the value of everything that I’ve gone through over the last 30 years. I’ve had many curve balls thrown at me, but I know now that if God allowed them, there’s a lesson to be learned from them.

In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about how he was given a “thorn” in his flesh, to keep him from being conceited. We don’t know what his thorn was, but we know it was something that tormented him—possibly a chronic illness or some sort of trouble in his life.

Although Paul pleaded for the thorn to be taken away, God used it to humble him and to keep him from becoming proud.

We all have “thorns” in our lives, but the thorns are there to help us and not hurt us. What we perceive as weaknesses can be what makes us strong when we rely on God.

"That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:10

The question that we should always ask ourselves is what is God trying to teach me with this "thorn" or situation?

Whether you know this or not, your life has great value. You may not always see it, but God does, which is why He has a special plan for your life.

He wants to use your pain, as well as your joy, to strengthen you so that you can benefit those around you.

Tell your story, don’t hide it.

I may not have accomplished all the goals I set for myself yet, but I thank God that I’m a better person today for having gone through some stuff. It's that "stuff" that inspired me to start this blog almost 4 years ago.

Cheers to a new chapter!

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- Mags