Pennies. The smallest of U.S. currency, deemed useless and unnecessary by many, often thrown away, and dropped into sewage pipes to only be forgotten. Do you ever feel this way? Small, useless, unnecessary, unwanted, worthless, irrelevant, and forgotten. I think that it is safe to say at some point in life we all feel this way.

We feel like pennies. But when we look around we see nickels, dimes, and quarters. And it only makes us feel smaller. We compare and compare and compare until there is nothing left to compare. Then there is the critiquing. When we look into the mirror all we see is everything wrong with us. How our teeth don’t line up just right, for guys how we don’t have the “manly” muscles, and for the girls that “aren’t skinny enough.” Or perhaps we see the bad grades on our report cards, the facebook picture that nobody liked, or we hear about the party that we weren’t invited to. Or we listen to the bullies that only like to put us down, the media that says we need their product to be pretty, the parents that just seem to tell us what we do wrong, the coaches that tell us that we aren’t good enough, and the teachers that tell us we aren’t smart enough. With all of this it’s hard to feel good. When everyone is telling us that we aren’t good enough you start to believe them.

It seems as if this world we live in has created a system that defines our worth. It revolves around how much money we have, how attractive we are, and how many friends we have. Personally I believe that we have it all wrong. I believe that “Worth, value, and beauty is not determined by some innate quality, but by the length for which the owner would go to possess them.”

The owner is God and he sent down his son, Jesus, to die for us. When I first heard and really thought about this I was awestruck. For someone who has wrestled his whole life with the feeling of just being a penny, this changed everything! Because if the son of God loved me enough to die for me then I must be worth something!

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