Stay Salty

“You are the salt of the earth.”
Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ NIV

When Jesus said that you are the salt of the earth, He is saying that you are valuable and meant to enhance this world with the flavor of His grace. In His day, salt was used as valuable currency, as well as a precious food preservative and additive that enhances flavor.

My friend, wherever God has placed you, whoever He has surrounded you with, whatever job He has given you to do, Jesus has you there for a purpose and it is not as complicated as you think it is.

You are there to add value. That alone is a gift that so many people are craving- simply the recognition that they are valued and they are valuable to God– so valuable that Jesus paid the ultimate price to love them.

You are there to be a precious preservative to the world you live in and in the work you do. Preserve respect, show dignity and honor those around you.

You are there to enhance the essence of who God has created them to be. When you celebrate what God has put in them, you liberate them to see it as well.

May God shake you up and pour you out for someone who desperately needs to know that they are precious and valuable to God. May you bring honor with you and enhance every relationship you engage in today. 

Stay salty.

Stay Salty

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“You are the salt of the earth.”
Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ NIV

Salt has been used as valuable currency, it is a precious food preservative and it is an additive that enhances flavor.

Wherever God has placed you, whoever He has surrounded you with, whatever job He has given you to do, He has you there for a purpose and it is not as complicated as you think it is.

You are there to add value. That alone is a gift that so many people are craving- simply the recognition that they are valued and they are valuable to God– so valuable that Jesus paid the ultimate price to love them.

You are there to be a precious preservative to the world you live in and in the work you do. Preserve respect, show dignity and honor those around you.

You are there to enhance the essence of who God has created them to be. When you celebrate what God has put in them, you liberate them to see it as well.

May God shake you up and pour you out for someone who desperately needs to know that they are precious and valuable to God. May you bring honor with you and enhance every relationship you engage in today. 

Stay salty.

Salty

“You are the salt of the earth.
Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ NIV

Salt has been used as valuable curency, it is a precoius food preservative and it is an additive that enhances flavor.

Wherever God has placed you, whoever he has surrounded you with, whatever job he has given you to do, he has you there for a purpose and it is not as complicated as you think it is.

You are there to add value. That alone is a gift that so many people are craving- simply the recognition that they are valued and they are valuable to God– so valuable that Jesus paid the ultimate price to love them.

You are there to be a precious preservative to the world you live in and in the work you do. Perserve respect, show dignity and honor those around you.

You are there to enhance the essense of who God has created them to be. When you celebrate what God has put in them, you liberate them to see it as well. 

May God shake you up and pour you out for someone who desperately needs to know that they are precious and valuable to God. May you bring honor with you and enhance every relationship you engage in today. 

Stay salty.

Simple Love

  
My friend, you are not here by mistake. You were created with a purpose and equipped with gifts and talents to pursue it. You are loved by the God who created you and wrapped within His amazing embrace. There are things that only you can do. There are people in your life that only you can love and touch today. There are some things that we all can do, and some things that others do better than you. But you must understand there are important things that only you  can do with your uniqueness and quirks, how you see the world, listen to it, speak to it, understand it. 

Do those things. Make them top priority.

The circle of your influence begins at your fingertips – those within your grasp today.
That doesn’t mean that your life is easy or comfortable – it means you are valuable. That you are where you are here for a reason and that reason is probably simplier than you think it is.
One of my favorite moments documented in Jesus’ life is in Marc 10:22. It is the beginning of a conversation with a young man who wanted to know “what more do I need to do”(vs 17). It says that “Jesus looked at him and loved him.”

He saw him, listened to him, looked at him and loved him right where he was. Before the man obeyed or disobeyed – Jesus loved him for who he was right at that moment regardless of the outcome of their relationship.

Jesus loves you that way. He looks at you and loves you – regardless.

There are people within your eyesight that need you to be you.

And they need you to love them the way that only you can.

Simple love is not shallow but powerful. Simple life is not small but purposeful.

Simple things done with great love make the big difference to those who God has given you. 

Simply love them.

There is nothing more powerful than this. 

Marked Down

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Marked Down

I did markdowns at work today and it reminded me of a blog I wrote some time last year (or maybe the year before). It might take longer than a minute to read but it is worth it and so are you:

“I just got home from doing markdowns at work. Things that were previously $24.99 were marked down to $14.99 and things that were $9.99 were marked down to $4.99 and so on.

About 2 hours in, I was thinking about how somebody in an office somewhere decided to change the value of the item I was holding and now I was putting a little red sticker on it to communicate to the world what the new value is.

Then I thought about I have done that to myself in the past. I put myself in the “discount” section because I thought I wasn’t worth much.

Somewhere between being a little girl dreaming of what my life would be and a young woman who just wasn’t good enough – I took the mark down. I let someone else’s words or somebody else’s judgement devalue me.

It is easy to do:

I’ve been used – mark down.
I’m not pretty enough, or skinny enough – mark down.
I don’t have a lot of money – mark down.
I’m too old – mark down.
I’m too screwed up for anyone to love – mark down.

Soon, we begin to think of ourselves with a clearance section mentality:

This is the best I can get with what I have.

I am lucky to be chosen by anyone, even if they treat me like I am worthless.

I don’t deserve to be chosen, I shouldn’t hope for more than I can get.

I am not worth much, it is okay if you treat me that way.

When we believe we are not worth much, we allow others to treat us that way. When we allow others to treat us mark downs, it reinforces that we believe we are not worth much. It is a vicious cycle – what can break it?

Love.

Love can break the cycle. No matter what you have done or what has been done to you – you are valuable. No matter how many times you have taken the “mark down” in your life, you still are worth more than you can imagine. You are precious and you are loved. How do I know?

I know because as a young broken girl who had taken the mark down, I came face to face (or rather heart to heart) with my Savior. A Savior who loved me so much that he paid the ultimate price to have a relationship with me. A Savior who rescued me from the clearance section, tore off the little read sticker and said – I will pay full price for her, she is worth it.

I am worth his sacrifice and so are you. Not because of what you say about yourself or because of what others say about you but because of what God says about you.

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1John 4:10-11)

The moment I accepted His love, He began taking off those little red stickers. And now He sends us out to do love others and take off their stickers.

Everyone is precious to God. Everyone is loved.

There are no mark downs in God’s kingdom.”