Friday, November 4, 2011

About your Self-Worth.

By Max Lucado

Antonio Stradivari was a seventeenth-century violin maker whose name in its Latin form, Stradivarius, has become synonymous with excellence.  He once said that to make a violin less than his best would be to rob God, who could not make Antonio Stradivari's violins without Antonio.

He was right.  God could not make Stradivarius violins without Antonio Stradivari.  Certain gifts were given to that craftsman that no other violin maker possessed.

In the same vein, there are certain things you can do that no one else can.  Perhaps it is parenting, or constructing houses, or encouraging the discouraged.  There are things that only you can do, and you are alive to do them.  In the great orchestra we call life, you have an instrument and a song, and you owe it to God to play them both sublimely.

The Applause of Heaven.

"Father, we belong to your eternal dream.  May that thought motivate us.  Renew our minds with the immovable fact that we are part of a commissioned people - we have a reason to be alive."

You made my whole being;
you formed me in my mother's body.
I praise you because you made me in an amazing
and wonderful way.
What you have done is wonderful.
I know this very well.

Psalm 139:13-14

Two sparrows cost only a penny, but not even one
of them can die without your Father knowing it.
God even knows how many hairs are on your head.
So don't be afraid.  You are worth much more than
many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29-31

You are God's children whom he loves, so try to be like
him.  Live a life of love just as Christ loved us and gave
himself for us as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice
to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2

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