There are many people out there that live in a world where they feel worthless. Not only do they feel that way, but they may even consider themselves garbage. Read this young girl’s story, and how the fact that someone cared enough to save her made all the difference.
I was touched recently by an amazing movie. The movie featured a young girl, so-mi, who’s mother had an addiction to drugs. It gets worse. Her mother had named the child “garbage” and had told this beautiful little girl that she (the mother) wishes that they were both dead. Living with the mother she is clearly not taken care of, she has to steal to support herself, and is regularly beaten by those who ‘think’, wrongly, that they are better than her! I don’t know if I can even describe the emotions I felt when I saw this happening. I watched as I saw the young girl seeking attention, worth, and love from a neighbour. There was nothing wrong with her. She clearly isn’t garbage. So why? Why is she living in this situation. To make a long story short. She is kidnapped and forced into slavery. She endures horrible things. The neighbour sets out to rescue her turning the town inside out. Eventually, he rescues her. I don’t think ill ever forget her words:
Did you come to save me?… You came to save me, right?… Mister! You came to save me! (crying)
Even writing this I am overwhelmed with emotions. At first she was shocked to see him. Then, after realising he had come to “save” her the emotions poured. She had worth to at least one person. She wasn’t garbage. In the end, the neighbour must go to jail and she is left on her on ‘for a while.’ He says, “I’m sorry… You’re on your own now. You can do it right? Just once.. Just once, let me hug you…” Next, we see him going to jail, but we also see this young girl living with a renewed passion. She now has worth!
Even though this happened in a movie, it only put emotions to a truth I already knew: That poverty for someone is often resulting from a sense of worthlessness.
That poverty for someone is often resulting from a sense of worthlessness.
I learned about this when I was studying at covenant college concerning community development. We learned that the most important job of a missionary helping the poor is simply to show them that they do have value! How can I do this though? What value do they have? They may have a past full of abuse, or torture as they watched their loved ones die from mal-nutrition because they couldnt find food.. Often we let painful experiences determine our identity. We identify ourselves as abused, poor, divorced, not good enough, worthless… Is it true? Praise be to God it isn’t!
Our Common Story
There exist a common story that exist in all cultures. Poverty is not reserved for those struggling to survive. No poverty exist anywhere there is a creation of God struggling with a sense of worthlessness.
Poverty is not reserved for those struggling to survive. No poverty exist anywhere there is a creation of God struggling with a sense of worthlessness.
But there is Hope! THERE IS HOPE! God & Jesus incarnate have a powerful message for us! It starts in Genesis and goes to Revelation. In Genesis we learn that all humanity- no matter gender, ethnicity, or handicap- is deserving of equal dignity, respect, and love! That’s right! Why you ask? Because God created us to reflect Him! We are his ambassadors; His craftsmanship! And even though humanity has fallen from this image, grace has allowed another HOPE! We are now addicted to a disease that is slowly killing us; Sin. However, through Jesus Christ we can now be set free from our sin and bondage and WORTHLESSNESS! Hallelujah!
When seen from the divine perspective we were deserving of nothing! Our righteousness or self-worth was like filthy rages before God. But now, If we are born again through His Spirit, we have HIS WORTH LIVING I US! However, we should never forget how awesome.. How amazing His love is for us. For we had made ourselves garbage to him condemned to be thrown out. However, in His grace and mercy HE SAVED US. And we can share in the process of SAVING others. We can bring them the good news: That God’s love for them is unfathomable. And they have worth! Brothers and sisters, God’s love for us is beyond imagination. He desires us like a bride of a wedding.
Brothers and sisters, God’s love for us is beyond imagination. He desires us like a bride of a wedding.
Please, please, please: never forget you have worth when you are in a relationship with the King of Kings! And trust me, He has the whole world in His hands (under His control). Amen.