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These are messages and testimonies, written by women of all ages, who are in various different stages of life. Hear their hearts as you read their messages.
For all of my thrifters out there, most of you just perked up when you read the title. To me, thrift shops are so fun. Yes, most girls like shopping and getting “new” clothes for a much lower price. However, for myself and probably many others, it’s such a fun treasure hunt! To me, it is so much fun to pick up an item that’s normally $50.00 and I found it for five bucks. What a rush! Wow, that statement alone makes me realize that I’m getting older. (haha, but really! Thrifting is a rush?) One problem of mine is that I end up seeing a sermon in everything--and I mean everything. Just ask my friends, it drives them crazy! But, recently, I’ve been thinking about that. A thrift store can sell the clothes at the price that it does because it has been used and the environment that the item now resides.
So, that means, that Gucci dress that someone once paid $400.00 for, was worn once, and thrown in the donation pile by some rich lady for a tax write off. Listen to me for a second, some of you reading this have been used in the past. Because of that, you think that your value is way lower than what it actually is. Let me present some things that prove your real worth:
"...for he who touches you touches the apple of my eye." - Zechariah 2:8
"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." - Psalm 139:14
"So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." - Matthew 10:31
Okay, that starts to put things into perspective. I am so loved by God and he values me more than I could ever know. There’s nothing you could do that could make God not see you as the valuable gem that you are. However, we can be so distracted by the wear on the outside world that we forget who’s opinion actually matters.
Think for a moment about an antique shop. Have you ever been in one? If you’ve been in the ones I have, then odds are, you’ve seen a lot of really cool-really old- things. You might want to buy several of the items in the store until you flip over the price tag. How much?! Odds are, it’s pretty expensive. Wait a second, why are the same things that are old and worn cheaper at a thrift store, yet more expensive in an antique store. It’s all about perspective. The rusty, dusty, and worn nature of an antique item tells a true collector that that item has been through and seen quite a bit. Though it isn’t perfect on the outside, it tells a story. Your imperfections tell a story about God’s goodness.
What does all of this mean? Remember that you are valuable! Woah, that was so profound, right? But what I want you to realize even as you are reading this, is that everyone will want to tell you what THEY think you’re worth. My question is, what “price tag” are you allowing people to stamp on you. Yeah, maybe you’ve been through alot and you have a bit of “wear” on you. You can either allow that to cheapen you, or you can use that wear to add value to your life.
Every experience, and I mean every one of them, can add value not only to your life, but also the kingdom of God. Allow your value to shine and even those dents and dings you’ve encountered so far-know that it adds to your value.