Plastic Bread Bags
Read 1 Peter 2: 4-10
See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children - think of it - and we really are! But since most people don't know God, naturally they don't understand that we are his children. 1 John 2:1 (TLB)
Jim Good lives in Ohio. One snowy, wet morning, Jim and his sister searched the kitchen for discarded bread bags. After the recent deaths of their parents, they couldn't afford quality footwear. Instead, they used bread bags to cover their socks so their feet and ankles would remain dry on the long walk to school. Upon arriving at school, Jim immediately went to the restroom and hid in a stall. Filled with shame, he removed the bread bags so nobody would see them and mock or bully him. Jim thought, I'm nothing but a worthless orphan. I'm trash, just like these bread bags.
Since then, today's verse has taught Jim that he is not worthless. Rather, he's greater than he could ever imagine because of God's boundless grace. Jim has been called and chosen to be an ambassador and steward and to bring God glory. (See 2 Cor. 5:17-21.)
At times we may feel inferior or worthless, but God reminds us through scripture that we are mighty and of great value to God. We are not destined to be discarded as trash. We are sons and daughters of Almighty God. What a mind-boggling gift and honor!
Prayer: Abba Father, when we feel inferior and worthless, instill in our heart the immense value and love you place on us, in Jesus' name. Amen.