Choose to Believe

Have you ever picked up a discarded piece of paper that you thought was trash?

It was already crumpled up and left on the floor by the original owner, then you come along and figure it just needs to go in the garbage?

Maybe you have felt like you were that piece of paper? Just laying there on the floor getting stepped on and kicked around until someone finally comes to put you in the garbage can. Perhaps what you are living now is a garbage can life. Stinky and dirty, just waiting for the incinerator?
Well, I have felt like that. I endured great rejection and abuse throughout my childhood and as I became an adult, life just seemed overwhelming. I have felt kicked and stepped on an awful lot.
It wasn’t until I learned the reality of who my original owner was that I was able to overcome the life I had been living. I thought my original owners were my birth family, the ones who started the abuse and rejection cycle in my life. Things they did to me, said to me, and said about me were very hurtful, and that was powerful.
I allowed those things to shape what I thought about myself and how I lived.
But then I learned that God, creator of the whole world, also created me. That would mean that He was my original owner. And as my original owner, I began to learn of what He says and thinks about me. I learned to use His words as the Truth that I choose to believe. Though it was hard and is hard some days to wake up and keep making that choice, I recognize that His plan for my life far outweighs the pressure of the feet that kicked and stepped on me, then and now.

So, back to that piece of paper… I know people who have seen what they thought was trash on the floor, but upon closer inspection they realized that there was something very valuable inside (money, jewelry, important phone numbers…).
And that is what I learned about myself. And that is what I am saying to you and about you. You are not trash! You are not negligible! Neither am I. We are all valued by God and valuable to God. We are the piece of paper that he has written on. In fact, we are stamped with His image (Genesis 1:27) and sealed with His guarantee (Ephesians 1:3-14) if we make the conscious choice to believe that He is for us. He purchased us by sending His son to die for us. “For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life” (‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ TPT‬).
We are valuable to Him because He intends to use us as the advertisement of His love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. “God chose those whom the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise, and God chose the puny and powerless to shame the high and mighty” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:27‬ TPT).
God brought me into this world and placed me in a family that was supposed to exercise good stewardship over me, but, unfortunately, they did not because they really didn’t know how to. They didn’t understand the depths of what  I am explaining to you.
Maybe you come from that same type of atmosphere? Please hear me say that I am very sorry that you had to go through that. But please also hear me say that we have an even better hope for the present and the future. We can “Celebrate with praises the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has shown us his extravagant mercy. For his fountain of mercy has given us a new life—we are reborn to experience a living, energetic hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We are reborn into a perfect inheritance that can never perish, never be defiled, and never diminish. It is promised and preserved forever in the heavenly realm for you! Through our faith, the mighty power of God constantly guards us until our full salvation is ready to be revealed in the last time. May the thought of this cause you to jump for joy, even though lately you’ve had to put up with the grief of many trials” (1 Peter‬ ‭1:3-6‬ ‭TPT‬‬).
It is God’s goodness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4), and His goodness is unconditional love. He has that for you today. He is reaching His hand out for you. You need only to grab hold and say, “I want you Jesus. I accept your sacrifice for me and I want you to be the Lord and Savior of my life.”
“This is GOD ’s Word on the subject…‘I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.’ GOD ’s Decree. ‘I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you’— GOD ’s Decree—‘bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen’” (Jeremiah‬ ‭29:10-14‬ MSG‬‬)

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