The most important thing you can do for yourself is to become more familiar with who you are and whose you are. It shapes your expectations in life. Imagine living your whole life thinking that the million dollar check in your pocket was just GHC 5.
It’s happened before. There was a plumber –I forget his name- who lived in a tiny apartment and died in extreme poverty. At one point in his life, he had even been homeless, living on the streets. This man never had any successes to speak of, nor any noted victories. He lived and died as just another face in the crowd.
After the funeral, some family members went to his little run-down apartment to clear out his belongings. They found a painting hanging on the wall, so they decided to sell it at a garage sale. The woman who bought it from the garage sale took it to a local art gallery for an appraisal and was shocked to discover that the painting was extremely valuable. The piece of art that hung for so many years in a little run-down apartment was painted by a famous artist who lived in the early 1800s. The woman decided to auction off that painting and ended up selling it for $7.5 million!
One man had died a poor millionaire, only for another to untap his massive wealth.
So I really really hope you get a true report of your value. The most potent opposition to this is the thought that it’s not important. What else could I find out? What don’t I know already? You should defy that, because discouraging voices are signs that treasure is close by.
The 2 Ways
There’re two ways to determine your worth; with your own effort and with God’s help. Your own effort will give you a value that’s nothing near what you’re actually worth. But when your valuer as the Holy Spirit, you get a beautiful picture of your worth and that picture influences what you ask of life and what you expect. You need to believe that you have what it takes, because it comes down to that; believing that it’s not beyond you to achieve a certain feat.
And you need grace to imagine, because on our own we’re afraid to imagine big things; no one wants to deal with disappointments. Our reasoning is that if we hope a little, the possible disappointment will be little, but big hopes will crush us completely. But when you survive crushes you’re cementing foundations to carry big dreams and blessings.
So I’m challenging you to take steps in knowing your true heritage and what your true entitlements are. Then shape your requests, shape your life, shape the way you walk accordingly. If you need a refresher cause, well check out Ephesians and see how capable God is to do more abundantly and exceedingly than you could ever ask or think of.
So take your wildest dream and multiply it by Ghana’s exchange rate and you still wont be anywhere near what God has in store for you. That’s the kind of identity you’re missing out on because of your nice 9-5 job and your obsession with big boobs and curvy waists. Don’t do that, there’s so much more to gain. It’s not who you are, it’s whose you are; remind yourself of that consistently and see if smiling doesn’t come to you more easily, even in the rough times 🙂