The Cornerstone {As Seen In Lifeway’s Journey}

{This devotional was first seen in Lifeway’s Journey devotional magazine for women. This devotional was one of mine that was featured in their March 2016 issue. Enjoy!}

Lifeway Journey March 2016

The Cornerstone

“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (Psalm 118:22).

Throughout my life, I have struggled with self-worth despite having a very supportive and loving family. Oddly enough, I did not struggle with my beauty but with my brains. It wasn’t my family who brought me down; it was some of my childhood teachers.

There was a lot of emphasis put on education in my family and as a result, I put pressure on myself to be perfect when it came it academics.

While many of my teachers were amazing, I had a few bad apples that led to my negative thinking patterns.

The straw that broke the camel’s back came for me in eighth grade. My band teacher was sponsoring an event that I didn’t fully agree with. When I told her that I wouldn’t be participating, she laughed at me and said, “I hate to tell you this, but one person will never change the world by standing on stupid beliefs.”

I was crushed. It was heartbreaking to have one of my educators tell me what I was taking a stand for was stupid. I never wanted to believe her, but I carried her words with me for a long time.

Then the time came for college, and I had an incredible English professor. He introduced me to topics and ideas I fell in love with. One of his assignments was for us to write about someone we believed made decisions that changed history. When our grades were given to us, my professor approached my desk and laid the paper down. He looked at me and said, “The greatest thing about your paper was, I could see you being the person in your story. You will make a difference in this world. Keep it up.”

My English professor had no idea the impact his words would have on me. He was a willing vessel for God that day and delivered redemption to my wounds.

I love the wisdom Psalm 118 gives us: “it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust a man.” Sometimes people of influence in our lives tear us down with words rather than build us up. However, God reminds us the “stone” others want to throw away is actually the rock He wants to build His kingdom on. The qualities we see as inadequate are often the qualities God gave us for a specific purpose in His kingdom.

Steps of Faith: Lord, help me find my worth in you and not in the words of other. Help me see myself as You see me.