Monday Manifesto #12: I Am Valuable
By: Janell Wood | www.janellmwood.com
A few months ago, a dear friend gave me a special ordered t-shirt for my birthday that read, “Jesus Loves This Hot Mess.” My friend loves me. The shirt is super cute. I love the reminder that God loves me just the way I am.
But honestly, I don’t really care for the shirt.
I am not a hot mess. And neither are you.
Sure, there are many days when wearing the “hot mess” identity feels appropriate. Maybe it’s a day where:
-The dog has peed in the house. Again.
-Not one of the precious cherubs God blessed you with has bothered to clean up the Legos cluttering every corner.
-Fruit flies have morphed into a super bugdom in the kitchen.
- That project at work is definitely, absolutely not going to be done on time.
-Your man forgot to tell you he’s working late and now you have to cancel your plans.
On any given day, we might feel like poster children for chaos and crazy. We might feel like disasters. But feelings are fleeting and are not always based in truth.
When we label ourselves as hot messes, we start believing a lie and that lie might tempt us to feel sorry for ourselves or compare our lives to others. We lose sight of our purpose. We stop walking in the truth of what God says about us. We are not (as some dictionaries define hot messes) “unsuccessful, disordered, disorganized, disheveled, or self-destructive people.” We are daughters of the King of the universe and our lives are meant to display his glory. Even on the days of a thousand hot messes threatening our sanity- we are not one of those messes.
This week, join me in believing and stating (so your own ears can hear it!):
God created and called me for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10, Romans 8:28)
God loves me so much he sent his only son to die for me (John 3:16)
God chose me and says I am dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)
I am valuable and what I have to offer the world is beautiful (Matthew 10:31, Romans 10:15)
And the next time I feel like a hot mess- like maybe tomorrow- I might just take out that blasted t-shirt, find a sharpie and make it say something true. Perhaps something like, “Jesus Loves This Hot Mess…enger He created for an awesome and valuable purpose.”