What you and a diamond have in common

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Lately, I have been reflecting on the importance of knowing our own worth.  Honestly, do you understand how valuable you are?  Probably not.  We all go through it right?  The feeling of not being enough, of being a hot mess, of not having our act together all the time.  We are hyper aware of our weaknesses.  And no matter how many cheerleaders we have in our lives, it is probably the voice of that one person that has never loved us the way we deserve to be loved that rings loudest in our ears. But you are such a fighter!  I don't even know you, but I know you have endured countless trials, experienced your fair share of sleepless nights and have hit more rough patches than you can probably count.  I know your a fighter because you are still living and breathing and kicking and screaming through this thing called life.

Consider for a moment the diamond, a priceless gem.  Diamonds are considered to be a girl's best friend and are coveted tokens of affection, generally attached to the highest commitment of love, a marriage proposal.  Before a diamond becomes a diamond, it starts off as mere carbon, with no special qualities.  It is the crushing pressure and heat that the carbon must endure over a long stretch of time that transforms it into a coveted jewel.  God allows us to undergo pressure and heat, in order that the same type of transformative process can take place in our own lives.  I love this lyric from a popular United Pursuit song, "I give it all to you God trusting that you'll make something beautiful out of me."  Consider every hardship you are facing.  These are the very things that God is using to make you more beautiful and stronger, even right now in this moment.

There is one more thing I want you to consider about the diamond.  Think about all the times you've merely window shopped  looking at the diamonds through the glass, but ultimately never made a purchase.  The value of the diamond never changed, just because you passed it by.  In your life, many will come and go.  Many will admire you for a season and for whatever reason won't stick around.  Many may move right past you never taking a moment to recognize your beauty and worth.  But your value never changes.  Your worth is never diminished by the opinions of others.

In our society, we measure worth by cost.  We measure something's value by how much someone would be willing to pay for it.  You were purchased at the cost of Jesus' life.  He laid down everything so  that He could walk in relationship with you.  There is no price He wouldn't have paid for you and that makes you even more valuable than a precious jewel. You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord's hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Isa. 62:3