I recently listened to a talk by Eugene Cho, and he shared something that was quite impactful for me. He held up a $100 bill in his hand, and asked the audience if they wanted it. Everyone said yes.
Then he crumpled up the $100 bill, and asked the audience if they still wanted it. Everyone said yes.
Then he threw the $100 bill on the ground and stomped on it with his foot. He threw it across the stage. He called it a piece of trash. He told the $100 bill that it was worthless. One more time, he asked the audience if they still wanted it. Everyone said yes.
The reality was that even though he crumpled up the $100 bill, stepped on it, threw it across the stage, and called it names, the value of the $100 hadn’t changed at all. It was still worth $100. It was still incredibly valuable to everyone in the audience.
How God Views Us
This is similar to how God views us. I’m not sure what has happened to you in your past, or the things you have done. You might have been crumpled up, hurt, stomped on, and called mean names. You might have even been the one who did the hurting, stomping, or name-calling. But your value to God hasn’t changed at all.
You are loved.