We are also priceless inside. Many of us know only our outer covering that covers the beauty of who we truly are inside. I know this because I used to think all there was to me was the plaster outer covering. I did not know I was priceless gold inside, and that each of us is priceless.
I have always had a problem seeing my value. I remember for years wondering why my husband married me. What could he possibly see? I felt I was not extremely talented at anything, and considered myself a mediocre and somewhat dull person. I felt I had little to contribute to the world. I felt I was surrounded by many bright and wonderful stars who could do anything this world needed so much better than I could, so why try?
This last year I decided to really look inside and see why I felt this way. I decided to use the tool I call "Because Papers" which I have written about previously on this blog. My first because paper was entitled, "I Feel Inadequate Because...." I wrote down everything I could think of. I cried a lot. I felt small and worthless. The next day I went back and read my paper, looking for a new perspective. My second title became: "My Mother Was Wrong Because....." (OUCH). I realized I had interpreted who I was through my mother's eyes, or my perception of what she thought I was. How could I still think that way at 52 years old?? I have no idea, but old wounds run very deep. I wrote everything I could think of, and cried some more.
On day three I read through my last paper, looking for a new perspective. My third and last paper became titled, "I Am Very Precious Because.....". As I wrote what came to my mind I knew it was inspired, and I knew it was not just for me, but is for all of us. So today I choose to share with you why you truly are made of gold on the inside, no matter what outer covering you may have. This paper is very special to me. It is when I first truly knew that I was golden inside, and that everyone is. Here it is, unedited:
"I am very precious because......(precious: something of great value, not to be wasted or treated carelessly, rare and of great worth):
I am the literal daughter of the King of the Universe - God, our Heavenly Father. I have all value just in my creation alone.
I am treasured by my Heavenly Father.
I truly have infinite worth. Because I have been given the rare gift of the gospel and the Holy Ghost as a constant companion, I have been equipped to do anything and everything that is good and that God wants me to do.
Through God I am unstoppable and fully capable of doing all that He prompts me to do.
I can act in all confidence, and move forward in any capacity with full assurance that I am an agent for good in the world under His direction.
I will follow and trust God with all my heart because I know how valuable I am.
I will move forward quickly and in all assurance.
I have been empowered.
I am the daughter of the King of heaven and earth. I am truly called to spread God's light."
You too have been created by the God of the Universe. You are his child. You are priceless. That's just who you are. No one can change that. Has who you truly are been hidden for so long that you have forgotten? Do you see your plaster outer covering and think that is all there is to you? I did. But now I know the truth. The plaster was cracked and is being chipped away and who I truly am is emerging. You are golden too, we all are. Find a way to crack the plaster and start chipping it off to reveal the golden you underneath, the real you.... priceless.
p.s. Tune in next week for one awesome way to start chipping the plaster off!