Our bodies may influence how we feel about our worth but Vicki shares how God’s unfailing love changes this.
“I will praise You, Lord, with all my heart . . . and will praise Your name for Your unfailing love and Your faithfulness . . . When I called, You answered me; You greatly emboldened me” (Psalm 138:1-3).
I have a love-hate relationship with my computer. It connects me to loved ones, assists me with research, makes it easy to write, and stores my photographs. My greatest fear is that a virus will destroy all my work–eat away documents and corrupt countless files which took years to create.
Thankfully, our son can prevent disaster. Chris is an expert. He majored in computer science in college. Twenty-nine years ago, when he was only four years old, my husband taught him simple computer programming. He’s grown up speaking the language. No wonder fighting viruses is a game to him.
In our home we have a “computer graveyard”–a room dedicated to electronic hardware. To me it looks like a useless jungle of metal. Worthless junk. Chris sees potential. Parts that have value. I’m sure he knows just how and when he’ll restore specific parts.
Sometimes I can identify with that technological trash. With parts wearing out and unable to work full time, I feel discarded. Like insignificant rubbish. Of no use to anyone. Just taking up space.
It helps to consider others worse off, like Joni Eareckson Tada. She makes the most of what works: her mouth. With it she sings, paints, speaks, and writes, all for God’s glory.
My mouth works. How will I use it? The Bible, God’s love letter to me, instructs me to worship Him. Praise delights my Creator. The One who formed me know just how He will use me. He sees my potential and orders my path. Imagine that.
So, “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live” (Psalm 104:33). I’ll delight in His Word (Psalm 119:77). It preserves my life (Psalm 119:50, 93) and gives me peace (Psalm 119:165).
Prayer: Dear Father, Psalm 92:1-2 tells me, “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to Your name, O Most High, proclaiming Your love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night.” My illness makes it easier to rely on You throughout my day. I’m beginning to understand that my disease has stripped away all other distractions so I can focus on the highest calling for my life: worshiping You and witnessing about Your power and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 33 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/
Vicki wrote a picture book about bullying: Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies. You can find out more about that book by visiting her Heart Eyes website: www.hearteyes.net
What part of the Bible of the Bible (verse, passage, chapter, or book) helps you sense God’s love?
It can be exhausting to always feel like we need to be doing more or something better to be loved in God’s eyes. Know this: He loves you unconditionally just as you are. Right. Now. Even if you are in your pajamas and haven’t showered in a few days. He loves you. “I Can Just Be Me” with Laura Story is a song I hope reminds you of His love. Wonderful and touching lyrics! -Lisa