WORTHYBANNER

This word.  Worthy.  The question of what it actually means to be worthy has been playing over and over in my mind all week and just like many other questions the answer usually depends on who you ask.  So naturally I asked google.  “What is the definition of Worthy?”

worthy

adjective wor·thy \ˈwər-thē\

Simple Definition of worthy

  • : good and deserving respect, praise, or attention

  • : having enough good qualities to be considered important, useful, etc

There it is, good, deserving respect, considered important, useful…so who decides that?  Who decides what is good?  Well, let’s think about our options.  If my worthiness depends on the culture than it will change depending on what society values at the time.  If my circumstances, family, and environment determine my value then all of these things are outside of my control and there is nothing I can do to affect how worthy I am.  If it is my actions that are the determining factor  than what decides which actions are “good” and which are not.  Is it even possible to know what my worth is?  A simple answer, yes.  Your value, my value, anyone’s worthiness really doesn’t depend on us.  It depends on something far greater than us.

When we look at the world around us we see hate, bigotry, natural disasters, death, homelessness, starvation, childlessness, the shear magnitude of evil around us can be overwhelming and when we compare ourselves to that we seem like we’ve got things pretty well in hand.  Compared to everything that’s happening in the world I’d say my life looks pretty good, but let’s take a minute and separate ourselves from the fallen conditions around us.  Let’s just look at us… or no, me, my own heart,  lets look at that because my worthiness does not depend on what’s happening in the world, it depends on what’s happening in my heart and when I look at that I see everything in a different light.  In my heart there is pride, jealousy, and hate, just to name a few off the top of my head.  Now, I’ve never killed anyone and overall I’ve done some OK things in my life so with that in mind I’d say I am a pretty good person overall.  I have some bad things but hey who doesn’t.  I’m still good enough, that doesn’t make me unworthy, or does it?

Well that depends.  If there’s no standard of what is good or bad, right or wrong, than absolutely!  Live however you want because ultimately it really doesn’t matter, except that it does.  There are standards.  The bible clearly lists standards that we are supposed to attain to.  They lay out the perfect life, how to live without sin.  The only problem is this: No one qualifies (Romans 3:10).  What does this mean?  It means we are lost.  We are a people without hope struggling in vain to be good and attain a standard which in the end is like treading a stormy sea.  We are cold, wet, exhausted, and alone.  We feel as if the strength in our body is failing and soon the sea will overtake us.  Only to our surprise someone has thrown out a life preserver.  There is one who is worthy.  One who has managed to rise above temptation and the evil that surrounds us to live perfectly.  God came down in human flesh to be one of us.  It was His plan all along.  He saw His creation, humanity, and knew we would never be able to attain to this standard, but the standard could not be changed.  God is not only perfectly good but He is perfectly just.  He must judge sin and He is holy so he cannot be near sin.  In order for God to be Holy and still be able to love His creation, to draw near to His people, than payment must be made, the sin had to be atoned for.  His solution, to leave the glory of Heaven and be Emmanuel “God with us.”  He lived perfectly so that in the end He would be the final sacrifice, the perfect lamb to offer as payment for the sins of a dying world.

Today, my friends, is Good Friday.  The day we look back and clearly see the death of a man who committed no crimes, the sinless Son of God “who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).  He is what makes us worthy because He is worthy.

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

Revelation 5:12b

Can I just be honest for a moment friends?  I really think part of our problem as a culture especially as believers in our culture is that we focus way to much attention 0n this question, our own worthiness.  We remind ourselves constantly that we are enough, we are beautiful, and worthy.  We buy prints, mugs, t-shirts, and books that tell us what we need to feel better about ourselves.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I love many of those prints, mugs, t-shirts, and books.  Hey, I even sell some of them, but I think many times our focus is wrong because it is on ourselves.  In the end what makes us confident is not our own self-worth but how much value we find in our Creator.

“for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,”

Philippians 3:3

So today sisters let’s remember the One who is worthy.

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Beginning the Good Work

 Well this is my first official blog post.  I’ve had this site for about a month and haven’t done much with it.  Consider this a belated apology to all of you who have visited the site and wondered where the actual content was.  Hopefully you read the about page and about our mission.  It’s been kind of a rough start.  Not the way one normally wants to start a business but never the less this is how things are.  I had every intention of opening up shop the week I bought the domain name for this blog.  Which was about five weeks ago.  July was a crazy busy month for our family.  My husband literally was home for three days.  But amidst the wonderful chaos (because it really was an amazing month) we made a huge life changing decision.  Which I will most likely explain on a later date.   Because of everything that happened last month this new little business of mine was put on the back burner.

Now I’m going to be real honest here.  I have the tendency to get super excited about something put all my energy into it and then get totally burned out.  This may or may not have contributed to the delay as well but I think the deeper issue here is my own insecurity.  I love to do what I do.  I love to paint and design things. I am by nature a creator.  I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t work with my hands.  I’ve always wanted to start a small business and have tried here and there.  So this is kind of a perfect fit for me.  An online shop gives me the freedom to make and sell while also being able to focus on my family.  And to be completely transparent there is probably going to come a time in the near future when we may need the extra income.  But in the back of my mind there are the doubts that creep in.  It’s like they are there just waiting.  I begin to think things like “Nobody’s going to buy this.  You’re going to fail.  There are so many people way better than you why even start.  You are not good enough.”  And in this world of mom-preneurs it can be easy to fall into this.  Don’t believe me.  Go check out some of the amazing people I follow on Instagram.  Sometimes the amount of talent is overwhelming.  People are opening print and art shops everywhere.  How is it possible to compete?  So, I almost gave into the pressure.  The lies that if you may not succeed you might as well raise the white flag of surrender and not even try to begin with and then yesterday happened.

BTGW1b

It started because I saw the sign I made that says “Just Begin the Good Work” and then yesterday morning I read this post from gracelaced.com.   It impacted me on so many levels the main quote was from G.K. Chesterton and said “If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.”  Finally at about 4:30 I was able to do my devotions which happened to be Hebrews 10 (one of my favorite passages) the last couple verses say this:

“but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.”

All year long I’ve seen posts about being “brave” and while that’s wonderful I was kind of tired of women telling other women to “be brave.”  It became cliche.  But really that was my problem I was allowing my fear to dictate my decisions.  Actually I do this a lot.  Fear can be crippling.  The enemy can use it to keep us from doing things that are really important.  Not that this is one of those things.  But the reality is if I can’t trust God in this simple thing.  What does that say about my faith?  So yesterday I decided whether I fail or not I am going to try.  Pretty heavy for my first post.  I hope to have everything listed in the shop by Thursday.

Happy Tuesday Everyone.

Cassi