Our Dignity Defined
“My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.” Psalm 62:7
What a special moment when an athlete climbs the podium to receive their gold medal and hear their anthem played. We watch in awe as their accomplishment crowns them with prestige and honor. But in some cases; years, months, or even days later we hear the disturbing news. They have been stripped of their title for one reason or another. One moment gives them dignity and the next takes it away.
Dignity is the state of being honored, esteemed, or worthy. So many of us pursue power, prestige, fashion, or fortune to find it. On the other hand, some of us have experienced such darkness and destruction we couldn’t dare to dream we would feel dignified again. Recently, my friend shared of her assault that left her feeling violated and vulnerable. As I listened my heart ached. I burned inside for her to know her value again.
Whether we are trying to build our own towers of worth or our towers have been laid to waste by others, our efforts or experiences don’t define our dignity. God does.
My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me” (Ps. 62: 7).
Our worth, our honor, our dignity come from God alone. A wise friend once told me, “An object is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.” Well, God paid for us with his one and only Son’s life. God put his love into action for his children. What does that say about our worth? How would our Father want us to see our own dignity in his eyes?
Our circumstances, culture, and community threaten our dignity. But when we stand on the strong foundation of our God and allow him to cover us with a shield of his Truth, we can’t be touched. Though Satan may try, God claimed our victory on the cross. We cannot be trifled with as daughters of the King.
God defines our dignity, not our past disgrace nor our present disappointments. I pray this leads you to walk taller, stand stronger, see deeper, and feel bolder this day and in the ones to come.
Father, earthly accolades or issues don’t define our dignity. You do. Expose and extinguish the lies in our minds and heal the recess of our hearts that have been hurt. Throughout our week, help us to see our dignity through the lens of your Truth. Love, Your Daughters
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