Guest Post by my good friend, Shannon Milholland…
Clara raced into my bedroom. “Mommy, Mommy, I weigh 400 pounds!”
Laughter threatened the edges of my face. With great restraint I offered, “I think it’s actually 40.0, Honey, but that’s so wonderful. You’re such a big kindergarten girl.”
Freedom called to my heart through innocent lips.
The number on the scale.
The value in your bank account.
The quantity of appreciation by your family members.
I’m somewhat of an expert in living life by the numbers and it’s not just because I was a math major (SCAR-Y admission I know). As a child I first delighted in the numbers.
High grades = high worth. As a teen I cemented my heart to the numbers. Low weight = popularity.
I’m all grown up now, and my heart longs to break free from numerical suffocation.
Is it possible?
Yes. I’ve experienced the delight of renumbering my life.
A Different Value
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
To renumber my life, I must first shift my value system.
Am I the only one who got really confused the first time the teacher introduced the metric system? It made no sense to me why we needed meters and feet or liters and quarts. It took a long time before my brain could understand the relationship of a centimeter to an inch or a kilometer to a mile.
I have to understand the relationship between discontentment and valuing my life based on earthly measures.
I have to shift from my current system of measurement to a new system based on how God sees me.
A Different Standard
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
God loves me equally at 120 and 200.
God values me identically with a fully funded retirement and a crimson bank account.
God treasures me without regard of other’s recognition.
Do I believe His truth? Can I learn to measure my life by a new standard?
Sister, we are precious to Him. He runs to us every morning to share His good news. His love is countless. His favor is immeasurable. His delight is limitless.
What number most plagues you?
How can you learn to renumber that area of your life today?
When not writing, you can find Shannon speaking to audiences with a message of hope and encouragement. Straight forward about her own struggles, Shannon is a compassionate advocate fighting for victory in the lives of her audience. Want to know more? Read her BLOG, Visit her Facebook page, Follow on Twitter
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