Do you feel like damaged goods?
My eight-year old laptop got damaged recently. I placed it behind a door after completing my tasks and when a teammate opened the door, it pressed my laptop against a wall. Now, my laptop has a dent and its lid can no longer stay closed.
Because of the damage and its effect on my laptop, its resale value has surely gone down.
Yet, its value to me remains the same. It still allows me to get things done at work, to do some web development, and to write.
And then, there’s my laptop’s sentimental value. After all, it’s the same laptop that I used when I started working, when I shifted careers, when I started my blog, and when I started doing web development. My laptop has been with me through trials and triumphs in my career, through fulfilled dreams and disappointments, and through joys and tears.
My laptop may be damaged goods for others. But for me, it remains priceless. I’ll never sell my laptop (but I think I’ll get the SSD and the upgraded RAM that I installed when I decide to upgrade).
Maybe like my laptop, you feel like damaged goods. Maybe you feel that in the eyes of others, you are no longer brand new or in pristine condition.
Maybe you failed or committed an irreparable mistake that you feel that you are no longer good enough.
Maybe, like damaged goods, you feel worthless. Or maybe you feel unworthy of being loved.
I have made a lot of mistakes and continue to make some of the same mistakes. I know I have done some irreparable and irreversible mistakes. And sometimes, I feel like damaged goods.
Yet, if I, someone who is imperfect, value my damaged laptop, a mere tool, how much more can God, the One who is perfect, value me, His child?
Maybe you feel like damaged goods, but God’s love for you never changes. He sees your worth despite your damages.
Maybe in the eyes of others, you are damaged goods, but in His eyes, you are always brand new. He makes all things new.
Behold, I make all things new. (Revelation 21:5)