When you feel to give up!

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“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Here’s a beautiful view of my orchid plant!

Several months back in the summer heat the plant was almost dried up. All its green leaves were withered. It didn’t look like it will survive or bloom again. But I kept watering it every day along with all other plants. One morning, to my surprise a tiny green leaf sprouted. Then another one came along.  In few months’ time, orchid shoots were showing up. And they began to bloom rapidly.

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Now my plant is full of orchids and gives me so much happiness to see and admire it while working in the kitchen. It also conveys a great message for me to ponder on.

In our lives too, there are seasons of dryness. Where it all looks so miserable and disappointing. Our dreams which once we cherished, looks impossible. During those difficult times, we can hardly believe that our efforts will bring any result to our situation. We are tempted to give up assuming that nothing will ever change.

But if we keep on persevering, keep on giving our best, keep trusting in the Lord for His favor, and keep on nurturing our dreams, one day to our surprise, we will see them being fulfilled.

In those season of dryness, when we think nothing is happening, the change will be taking place underneath. It means during this season, God will help us to grow and be matured in our faith and understanding of His promises. In this season He will equip us for the fruits He is about to brings forth through our lives. He will be making us ready for the new and upcoming season of our life. On the outside, we may look unproductive but in the inside, a crucial change will be happening to make us everything we are created to be.

Life Lesson: Seasons of dryness can be discouraging. But don’t give up on your life and your dreams. Keep nurturing them, give your best, have faith in God, and one day a tiny green leaf will show up.

Those who sow with tears, will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:5

 

 

 

 

It’s His Love!

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Can I ask you a question?

What brings you a sense of self-worth? Your answer will probably be: your success, your earnings, other’s good opinions about you, your best performance at your workplace or maybe the applauds you receive from your friends, family or your colleagues and leaders.

For me, I had based my self-worth on people’s approval for my performance. And all I wanted was to receive “Good Job” badges.

Every one of us longs to feel worthy, significant and approved. It’s our basic personal need which drives us to do everything to get into the spotlight, to get applauded, to strive harder to be successful, to be recognized and appreciated by others.

We have subscribed to the belief that our self-worth comes from our performance and other’s opinion about us. But there will be times we may fail to live up to the expectations of others, to give our best in our workplace or may not always get applauds as we expect. If we base our self-worth on the constantly changing measuring stick of the world, we will get disappointed. Soon we will feel inadequate for not able to meet the standards of validation required of us. We will fail to recognize the true source of our worth.

 So, where should our self-worth be based on? Only the creator knows the value of his creation. In the same way only our Creator knows our worth. He values us so much that He sacrificed His own son. Jesus laid down His life on the cross not only to free us from the wages of sins but also to give us a life of worth, fulfillment and purpose. His resurrection promises meaning, hope and a new life for us.

 In his book “Search for significance” Robert S. McGee shares a beautiful truth: Our true source of self-worth is not dependent on our ability to earn the acceptance of people, our success, wealth or our performance but rather its true source is the love and acceptance of God.”

It’s His love which makes us worthy! It doesn’t matter what our job title is, how much money we earn, how much successful we are, or what people says about us. What’s important is to know the truth that our heavenly father values us so much. He alone knows our worth because He knows how much it has cost. Let this truth always be a secure foundation for our self-worth.

Prayer: Dear Father! Thank you so much for finding me worthy of your love. Thank you for choosing me to be your daughter. Help me to remain rooted in my identity in you. Help me not to look at others for defining my worth, not to depend on my achievements or good deeds but guide me to take each steps towards the treasure you have for me. Let my true worth be always founded on your unconditional love for me. Amen!