Sunday, September 16, 2012

What Matters by Janey Goude

Each comment stung a little more than the last. 

They weren’t trying to be mean. Their teasing was all in good-natured fun, but the jests struck at the core of who I am: a physical therapist and a writer. 

They also threw in a few remarks about my love of taking pictures. I felt small and worthless. 

I scolded myself for throwing a pity party, tugged on my bootstraps, and took control of my thoughts. 

God created me with these interests and giftings for a purpose – HIS purpose. It doesn’t matter whether others value my talents. What matters is that I use them for God’s glory.

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

Then, another thought occurred to me. My talents aren’t the core of who I am. At my core, I am a child of God. My worth isn’t based on what I can do. I am valuable because of whose I am. 

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1John 3:1)

Janey Goude and her husband of twenty-one years homeschool their four children, ranging from elementary school to high school. She enjoys exploring God’s open doors in writing, editing, and collaboration. Read her blog, Community Advance.


  1. Great reminder of who we are as children of God. I love these verses.

  2. Thanks for the reminder, Janey! Needed it!

    1. Linette,
      Glad this came at the right time for you. God is good like that!
      Thanks for taking time to comment!

  3. Well said, my precious friend! Thanks for the reminder of our worth. You are a blessing!

    1. Mandy,
      You are welcome. Thanks for blessing me with this comment and your precious friendship!

  4. "I am valuable because of whose I am." Luv it, Janey!

  5. One of the best things about embracing Psalm 139 is that we can be comfortable, nay happy, in our own skin. Not only that, but we can celebrate each others' differences without envy, resting securely in the knowledge that God gifted us each for his good purpose. Every listener needs a musician, and every musician a listener. . . how wise and good he is!

  6. Well said, Lori! Thanks for the encouragement!


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