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I stink at math. Maybe it’s hereditary.

My child brought home a math paper yesterday that was a great big “F”.  However, he had gotten every answer correct.

The instructions didn’t ask him to solve it.  It asked him to show how he would solve it. Although the math itself was correct, the equations he used made the entire problem wrong.  None of his “right” answers mattered because he was using the wrong instructions.

I feel you, kid.  I really do.

For my most of my life, I believed a basic equation for life.

Work + Tenacity = My Worth

Some women live by another equation:

Beauty + Style = My Worth

Others believe:

Success + Money = My Worth

They all seem like good stuff.  So why is it wrong?  Just like Jeremy learned, a wrong premise gets a wrong answer every single time.

Our worth is not bound up in anything we control.  Isn’t that a good thing?  When we hear the mantras of “You are Loved” or “You were made for more” or “You have a purpose”, it sounds good but also a little vague. How do I know I am loved- does my work make others love me?  My beauty?  My home?  Those all sound pretty empty, and that’s because without a foundation, they are only words.

If the sum of who we are relies on anything we can control, it means that the opposite is also true.  It means that if we fail in the area that validates us, then our worth is in jeopardy.

So, then how to assess worth?  How do we know we are loved, or that we are made for more, or that we have purpose?

There a few factors that determine worth but rarity and origin impact the value of most everything.  If it is one-of-a-kind and created by someone considered an expert, it is worth the highest value.

At the end of it all though, the worth is almost entirely determined by what someone would pay to purchase it.

What does that mean for us?

You ARE  rare, a one-of-a-kind.  No one has been or will be who is exactly like you.

You are created by the God of the Universe.  Unrivaled, unparalleled in artistry or significance, he designed you intentionally and specifically.

That’s where the last factor comes in.  Someone said you were so worth it, that he would give his life to know you.

Jesus gave his life so we can know God, and be known by him.  Our creator believes in our worth that much.

So here’s the legit equation:

One-of-a-Kind + Made by God + The Cross = My Worth

We aren’t worthy because man says we are.  We aren’t worthy because we may work hard or look good or experience success.  All our worth rests on that God says about us.  Nothing added, nothing taken away.

I may be bad at math, but I’ll take that equation any day.

Love, Suzy

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“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you…. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.”  Galatians 5:1-6

Suzy Shepherd and her husband, Carl, raise their wild tribe in Tyler, Texas. After a devastating life change she felt compelled to engage the full-time ministry call she’d felt all her life. She began a small group in her home that became a ministry and is now a national simulcast hosted by Stonecroft ministries. She writes, speaks, and trains other women to find the courage to “jump” and see their lives soar.