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Excellent Worth

Aren’t five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them is overlooked by God. Even the hairs on your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.  Luke 12:6-7 CEB

excellent worthTwo miniature sparrows love to flit around our front porch, reminding me they have excellent worth.

My husband and I look at them from our kitchen window while we eat breakfast. But often, we do not see them; we only hear a few tweets or chirps. They nest in a crevasse in our garage eaves. Sparrows fly unrecognized because they blend in with the trees and their diminutive size. We notice colorful cardinals, distinctive blue jays, and even vocal mockingbirds, but we rarely regard sparrows.

Sparrows are common, plain, and small. They seem inconsequential but total over a billion. How many times do we pay attention to sparrows? Yet, as minor as they seem, they are under God’s sovereign care. God sees and knows them. Not one falls to the ground without our heavenly Father knowing or caring for their welfare.

We may appear ordinary and irrelevant in the sea of social media, pop culture, or talented and famous people. We may feel lonely, forgotten, or unimportant. But our worth is great in God’s eyes. Our Creator sees, knows, and gives us identity.

Because of our value, God numbers the hairs on our heads. Numbering the strands of our locks takes constant calculation. God must be a superb mathematician to track all the gains and losses. I seldom think of the number of hairs I have, but God does.

If God counts the hair on our head and knows the sparrows, He also traces each tear and laugh with a divine hand. God knows our joys, sorrows, gains, and losses. We hold immeasurable dignity and significance to Him.

Let your importance to God soak into your mind like a roaring summer rain. Then, as you go about your day, remind yourself of your excellent worth to God.

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Charleen Burghardt

Charleen Burghardt is a hospital chaplain and writer. She is a former teacher and is an advocate for special needs. She is also active in her local church and posts devotions for a pregnancy loss group. She lives with her husband in San Antonio, Texas. Charleen blogs at charleenburghardt.com and unexpectedglimpses.com.