Updated: Feb 1, 2022
The last few years have been challenging for all of us, when the covid 19 pandemic hit I was a senior in high school applying to colleges and just trying to figure out what was next after graduation. I remember wondering if the world was ever going to be the same, at first I didn't understand why we had to wear masks and distance ourselves from others. That March when the covid levels in the states were rapidly rising my dad told me I couldn't go out unless it was to church. As a cancer survivor, with a weaker immune system I had to be careful, I hated not being able to be around others. It felt like I was having to hide away, the worst part was not being able to travel to see family. That being said I think that through those first few months, a lot of us began to feel like we didn't know who we were anymore or forgot the worth that we hold.
When life suddenly came to a dramatic standstill it became apparent just how little most people understand there worth and the light they carry. I am a firm believer that we all have so much to offer the world around us. There is a light within each of us that shines light on the world around us and offers hope and joy to others. However, when we forget our worth that light begins to dim a little. Scripture tells us that we are to be as a light set on a hill pointing others to Christ and sharing the gospel message. Yet, if that light gets covered up it doesn't help anyone.
Daily life may have changed over the last few years, but one thing is still the same - you are enough. Your worth is not defined by what is happening around you, nor is it defined by the opinions of others. Your worth comes from within! I strongly believe that there is a unique plan and purpose for your life. You where made for great things and I know you will do great things.
You are altogether beautiful, my darling, there is no flaw in you. - Song of Solomon 4:7
If there is a concept the last few years has taught me, I would say it is of self-love and grace. I know I'm guilty of this, but I think we are often to hard on ourselves and place guilt on ourselves when we find ourselves struggling. Give yourself some grace and be more understanding about your own needs. I was thinking about how we cannot fully love those around us if we don't love ourselves. Learning to love ourselves is vital in loving those around us.
Your challenge this week is to give yourself some grace. It doesn't matter what is going on around you, take some time to breath and give yourself some grace within that season. Life is hard and messy, stressing yourself out about it will do nothing for you. Remember to show yourself some love and grace today.
You have a God-given Uniqueness!
- Alianna C.