What is the value of your life?
I meet so many women in Uganda who are in polygamous relationships. They don't understand their value. They think they are just wife #3, or a baby maker, a cook, a house cleaner.
Who they are is so much more than that.
And God's design for their lives is drastically different (and better) than they have ever heard of. It breaks my heart to see their tears and hear them say that this is just the way it has always been.
The truth is, things don't have to be the way they've always been. Especially when they are not the way God intended them to be.
I talk to women in the US as well who feel that they have a mundane, purposeless life. Working 9-5, making lunches, raising kids, trying not to lose their minds. They, too, don't realize their great worth before God. They sometimes don't understand how important those lunches are, how the little mouths they feed now can grow to conquer enemies and cure diseases and fight fires and be the next generation of the Church.
Those who have no children, the single, the widows, all have an opportunity to love someone.
Every day is an opportunity to be a light and an example, even in the littlest things.
In both of my worlds, I have met people who want to give up. They can't seem to find the motivation to put one foot in front of the other for one more day. They believe the lies on the TV that says they're not beautiful enough, or the hurt of their reality that they are just another wife that was purchased to take care of the home.
These are lies, plain and simple.
God sees each of us as valuable and beautiful. It is His opinion that matters. Period.
There is beauty in the day to day, in the seemingly mundane, in being loved by God.
He says His purposes for us are good and important. He created us for a reason. Don't lose hope and don't give up. You mean something to Him, a great deal in fact. He sees your struggles. Whether they are third world or first world issues, they matter to Him.
Enough for His only Son to die. That is how much your life is worth to Him.
In Northern Uganda, people buy wives. They pay dowry to the families, which is sometimes exorbitant and takes them quite a long time to pay off. God, however, paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. Not so that we can be His slaves, but His daughters. His beloved.
Please don't give up hope, and please understand how valuable and loved you are by the Only One whose opinion is truth.