“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13–14 (NIV84)

I need to address the topic of self-worth. Our community, along with our society, is experiencing too many tragic occurrences of young people deliberately hurting themselves or other people. Too many of our children are suffering from anxiety and depression. They seem to have lost the meaning and purpose for their lives and have drifted into a state of meaninglessness and despair. This state has caused them to lash out at themselves in self-destructive ways and to attack those around them. We have to address this issue with serious thought and discussion. We need to do what we can to touch the root cause of this issue and take every step to uproot it and keep it from taking hold.

Attention needs to be paid to the worldview our children are growing up with. Today’s naturalistic worldview ultimately concludes that we are merely here as an evolved specimen of DNA. We can claim no hierarchy. We are seen as no different from a rock, a tree, a frog or a dog.  In this worldview, we have no inherent value. In this view we must look outside ourselves to find worth; we are forced to contrast and compare ourselves to the world around us. We ask whether we are smart, beautiful, popular, athletic, you name it. Ultimately this leads to a tearing down of our self-worth because when we are done with the comparing and contrasting we don’t like who we are. But I say STOP!

We have forgotten a very important point. We DO NOT have to adhere to the naturalistic worldview! We can return home to our biblical worldview that tells us that we are uniquely created by God (hand-made) with inherent value and worth. We are valuable because we are, not because we have acquired it. Value and worth are bestowed upon us by our creator. He created us because He loves us. Even though we are broken and sinful, He loves us so much that He sent His Son into the world to bear our sins and save us from death. If you want to know how much you’re worth, just look at how far our God was willing to go, and went, to show you.

You are “fearfully and wonderfully made”!!!!!

Peace!

Pastor Tom

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