Out of the darkness of damaging words and into the light of a hope and a future…

I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve read that have been falsely defined by damaging words and negative put downs.  You can only be told you’re worthless so many times before you start to believe it.  One woman told me how for eighteen years she had dreamed of the day that she would meet her birth father.  When the day finally came and she sat down with him for the first time, all he told her was that she was a mistake.  Words have the power to heal.  But stories like this have reminded that words also have the power to destroy.  They can destroy confidence.  They can destroy self image.  They can destroy a dream.  Jennifer told me that for years she grew up hearing these damaging words.  “You’re worthless,”  “Stupid,” “Loser.”  She said her whole life has been defined by those negative words spolke from the people who were supposed to speak love.  She doesn’t believe she’s worthy enough for anyone to love her.  She is married to a good man who, for sixteen years has worked to love her through her doubts.  She shared with me how those words have made for a long, difficult tape that is hard to erase from her mind.  But slowly, she is replacing those lies with the truth of how God sees her.

See, more powerful than any words or names we can be called by the world are the words of our Heavenly father who looks upon each of his children with great delight.  “For I know the plans I have for you, Declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper and not to harm you.  Plans to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)” It is so important to hide God’s word in our hearts.  Why?  So that when the worlds spits out its words of destruction we will be armed with the hope we have already found in God’s love for us, and his promises for our future.  We can be reminded that it doesn’t matter what your father says, or what your so-called friends say, or what your critics say.  It matters what God says about you.  He made you.  And you are not a mistake.