Value, Perspective, and Jesus by Julie Arduini

Value, Perspective, andJesus_edited

It was this time four years ago we got serious and started looking for what I called “our forever home.” It took until late summer with a lot of home tours and a failed (but blessed) attempt, but as I look around, it was worth the wait and all in God’s timing.

When we first looked at what is now our home, I wasn’t that impressed. The biggest problem was it wasn’t the house that had fallen through days before. It was in a suburb I had vowed I would never, ever live in because the residents had a reputation of being snobby. I walked through certain I’d never visit that development again.

That is, until the next week when my husband asked me to return with a different set of eyes. I surrendered the house we weren’t meant to have, pushed aside my vow, and walked through.

It not only had everything the other house did, it had more. For less.

Things got serious and once our offer was accepted, there was one item the owners kept stating. They wanted us to understand the floor to ceiling bookcase in the family room was not staying.

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This is our fireplace. On the right side was a huge bookcase we had different perspective of than the owners.

We thought back to our tours and remembered. For us, it was a huge piece up against a beautiful stone fireplace. The bookcase was so big that it overshadowed how gorgeous the fireplace was. To us, the bookcase was something of an eyesore.

To the sellers, it was of tremendous value.

I don’t know why that bookcase came to mind this week, but as soon as it did, this thought came to me as well: We will never be that bookcase to Jesus.

For us, that tall thing was about perspective. One family loved it, we didn’t.

To Jesus, His perspective, His PROMISE is that we are all of deep, great, unmeasurable value to Him. How do I know? He died for us. He took the cross for us. All for love. All for us.

Even if to someone else we seem like an eyesore, a nuisance even, we are valuable to Christ.

Even if we feel the worst about ourselves, nothing changes as far as Jesus is concerned. If you don’t think you’re worth anything, keep in mind the most valuable thing we have on earth is what heaven has for pavement.

No matter what your past or present, know you mean everything to Jesus. Don’t receive the negative from others. It’s a perspective, and often what we perceive isn’t always reality.

You are everything.

I hope that encourages you today!

 

 

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About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, is coming soon. Her devotional, FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER, features the surrender themes and characters from the series. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and starting April 2017, will be part of the Inspy Romance blog. She resides in Ohio with her husband, two children, and secret chocolate stash. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.
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