I’ll always remember the vivid day when I met a new friend named Becca, who spoke to me about my worth.
Her words left a lasting impact.
After small talk and introductions, Becca took a deep breath and said, “I feel like God has been telling me to share this with you the minute I prayed for you last night. But I was way too shy to say it.”
“But he wants you to know ‘You are already worthy.’”
She flashed a hopeful smile at me, anticipating that it would mean something, but I didn’t really know what to think of it.
“That’s really nice,” I mustered, still confused as to what she meant and why she said it.
She said, “I hope that really sinks in with you! God loves you so much, and he thinks you are already worthy.” Again, I was unsure of how to respond.
I didn’t really know what being worthy meant.
I went back to normal life completely unchanged. I continued to strive to earn my worth in the eyes of others and lived a hypersensitive and hyper-anxious life.
It wasn’t until more than a year later that God reminded me of my encounter with Becca, and I broke down in tears. By then, I had already been in and out of a mental institution, finished my therapy sessions, switched churches, and moved out of my mother’s house.
Since then, I’ve learned God is the perfect and most loving parent. That extraordinary love is at the heart of the gospel and the reason that Jesus lovingly chose to carry our sins on the cross—to give us a restored relationship with him again.
The world wasn’t prepared for such love, and some still try to run away from it.
It turns out that the Lord had a plan for me all along—a grand strategy to affirm my worth as his beloved child.
In his infinite wisdom, God knew what I needed before I even knew it myself, and he sent a sweet messenger like Becca to give me a heads-up for what was to come.
I hope to be that kind of messenger for you.
God says, “You are already worthy. I already love you so much. I have written your name on the palm of my hand. You are mine.”
Open your heart to the idea that you are God’s treasure. No matter how badly people have treated you or how badly you’ve treated yourself, God still sees you as valuable.
You are his beloved.
I speak from experience when I say that the more worthy you allow yourself to feel, the more resilient you will be in the face of adversity.
Receive your infinite worth by accepting God’s love for you.
*For further reflection, listen to Isaiah 49 today.
- Isaiah 49
*Please enjoy our conversation with Anh Lin here