Value 10-19

How to Become Valued

When I envision Gideon students, I see teens who have been through a tremendous struggle in their short lives. I see the toddler that parents were in love with. I see the 6-year-old who was discovering the world. I see the tween who wonders why they don’t recognize themselves.

I see how they have become frustrated with their experience, how society shouts expectations that are unattainable, how adults expect them to act in a way that time has not prepared them for.

They need help to see what God intended them to be, the reason HE made them in HIS image. I see that they are wonderfully made with their ADHD, their dyslexia, their thrill of risk, their wonder at the unknown, their fear of failure, their uncertainty that they will ever be accepted by others, by their need to know God’s love. God made them to succeed. He did NOT make some to fail, some to be angry, some to be confused, he made all of them to be fruitful and stand as an oak proclaiming the power of God.

This generation of teens has never seen a society that shunned the topic of abortion. They have grown up hearing the idea that abortion is an acceptable choice. Even their parents most likely do not remember a time when abortion was shameful in the secular world. When children grow up hearing how people are not given value until long after birth, it changes the way the see life. It changes the way they value others. It causes them to think of humans as disposable and have no innate value when in reality, they should see the joy of valuing others and placing importance on them (Philippians 2:3-4).

Just as he did the prophet Gideon (Judges 6-7) God does not tell us to look at each other and judge value, judge usefulness, judge motives, he instructs us to judge against His Word and His Word only. (John 7:24).

Isaiah 61:1–3 — (NKJV)

1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn,

3 To console those who mourn in Zion,

To give them beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

That they may be called trees of righteousness,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

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