They stood in line. Vulnerable. Exposed. Out there for all the world to see…or at least all of Times Square. One by one they walked up the stairs. And took that step. Onto the scale. Except, instead of the usual “number of shame” popping up to reveal to them their worth in pounds, words of encouragement displayed instead. Words like: Resolve. Pride. Courage. Confidence.
This was a challenge issued by a large corporation. A challenge to not see yourself as a number on a scale but as a strong, confident woman who can achieve her goals, and on the surface there’s nothing wrong with that….
On the surface.
There is even a better scale to stand upon. This scale won’t always tell you what you want to hear. It wasn’t created to boost your self-esteem. In fact, it often tears down walls of pride and confidence to reveal whom we really are inside.
Stepping on this scale you will see words like: Meekness. Sacrifice. Humility. Longsuffering. Gentleness. Self-Control. Kindness.
The words displayed on this scale can be hard words to swallow, but this scale speaks the greatest truths into our lives. Healing words. God breathed words, not man-made words. This scale is The Word!
How many of us remember singing this simple truth as a child in Sunday School?
“The B-I-B-L-E! Yes that’s the book for me! I STAND upon THE WORD of GOD…the B-I-B-L-E!”
That is what He is asking us to do daily. To stand upon His Word. To let His Word reveal to us what we need to know about ourselves. The self that hides way down deep, the self that is weighed down by sin and pain. Let God be the measurer of your worth. For, He does not measure our worth in numbers (thank goodness!) or even in our ability to “love ourselves better” but in our ability to “love ourselves less.”
The world (and sadly often even the church) has done a great job in selling us on: Being confident in who we are, having pride in our accomplishments, having courage to stand up for ourselves, to stand up for our rights! But the Bible calls us to die to ourselves, die to our pride, to love the Lord with fear and trembling. This stands in direct opposition to the world’s measurement of our worth..the scale on which we often choose to stand.
Do you find yourself weighing your worth by the world’s scale? I challenge you to stand, instead, upon the scale of God’s Holy Word! To find the weight of your worth in the words HE speaks into your life!
I challenge you to “Stand upon the word of God…” and see what the Lord reveals to you. So that someday, you will hear words that carry more weight than anything the world has to offer… “Well done good and faithful (daughter)…well done.”
By: Heather Patterson, At The Picket FenceLeave a Comment