By Effie Rolfe
You still have value—regardless of your life’s journey and the challenges you’ve faced. Your life is filled with purpose, value and worth because you’ve been bought with a price—the blood of Jesus Christ. So this week is a reminder that regardless of all the mistakes you have made or the wrong path you have willfully walked, God has you here for a reason. Thankfully, His ways are so above ours—don’t even try to figure it out—just be grateful.
So you messed up…it’s called life. I know in your heart of hearts, you pray and you cry and hope that it will never happen again. “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” (Romans 7:19) Just like death—mess-ups are inevitable. If you were totally perfect, chances are you wouldn’t be alive. Growing up, I honestly thought that being a Christian meant perfection. Now I wonder if one can ever become perfect in this life—on this earth plane. Furthermore, Psalm reminds us ‘For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity.’ God is just and merciful to forgive as long as we remain faithful with a heart for righteousness.
Recently, I was asked to speak during an event for a substance abuse ministry. The Pastor and coordinator read my book entitled, “The K(N)ots Prayer Journal” and thought it would be perfect to share with the group. The book is similar to my weekly column which shares practical thought provoking messages to help empower, as well as expand one’s vision. I quickly obliged. During my speech, I reminded my audience that as long as you have a pulse—you have a purpose. Everyone has issues and no one is exempt. Yours may be different, but if you are alive you have some challenges. Your vice may be alcohol consumption. Someone else’s vice may be drugs, lying, fornicating, adultery, food or gambling. However, yours is no better or worse than mine.
Take a minute to examine a $20 bill. How much is its value once it’s been stepped on, dropped in the mud, washed and gone through the ringer? What if its falls in the toilet? What if it blows 30 miles away in a tornado and ends up in another city or state? What if it’s wrinkled and faded after being tossed around? Once you take that $20 dollar bill to the bank—the value is still going to be worth $20 dollars.
The same applies to you. Amid your struggle with substance abuse, food or spending that has been out of control for the past 10 years. Perhaps you had a child out of wedlock. You felt you weren’t the best parent, suffered an abusive relationship or you had an abortion. Again, because you are still alive—God still has purpose for your life. He takes your misery and gives you a mission to encourage someone else not to go down that path. You can mentor someone or be their eyes and ears since you’ve been there and done that. God takes your pity and gives you a purpose. “For all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord.” (Romans 8:28) Yes, even your missteps can be turned around for the good. Remember—God specializes in the impossible. What seems useless and hopeless in your sight is just right for God.
You should never feel worthless or undeserving. Our heavenly Father takes nothing and produces life-changing miracles. Get over yourself. Your life is not about you. God made you and He made all of creation for His glory. Your purpose is much bigger than you, so allow God to use all of your life. Allow Him to turn your past into a glorious future. Whenever you ask—God is willing to forgive whatever you have done. Don’t be a prisoner of your past. Bask in the beauty of freedom and live life with purpose. You are blessed from the womb to the tomb. Never give up because God has not given up on you.
What’s the value of your life…?
©Effie Rolfe is an Author of “Supersize Your Thinking,” Media Per- sonality and Motivational Speaker. You can contact her at effierolfe.- com or on twitter.com/effie- drolfe. Listen to her show on urbanpraiseradio.org (2015 Stellar Award Internet Station of the Year).