Cinderella is one of my all time favorite fairy tales. But an honest look reveals, Cinderella has more issues than Vogue. She never stands up for herself to her wicked step-family, she waits around for her fairy godmother to get her to the ball, and once she’s there, dancing with the hottie prince, she runs away because she doesn’t want him to see her in rags with no make-up! Cinderella, instead, should have held her head high as she stood there transformed back into her less-than-magical self. If I could have a little chat with Cindy, it would sound something like, “Really, girl? If a boy can’t see you in a messy top-knot and sweats, things ain’t right!” The point is, Cinderella doesn’t seem to know her worth. She thinks the prince won’t like her just the way she is. But he does. He asked for her hand in marriage while she stood in rags, as the glass slipper slid on her foot, revealing she was the one. (Prince Charming for the win!)
I think sometimes we think of ourselves a bit like Cinderella does. If only we had nicer clothes, had more followers, or could be liked by that boy. Then, we’d really be worth something. The thing is, your Heavenly Father set your worth long ago. That means nothing you do–nothing–can increase that worth. Not getting straight A’s in school, not getting that solo in choir, and certainly not getting an invite to the ball. Your worth is infinitely great in your Father’s eyes. It’s set for good. Sheri L. Dew said, “None of us come to this Earth to gain our worth; we brought it with us.” Do you know what else that means? It means nothing you do can bring your worth down, either. It can be easy to confuse worth with worthiness. But they are very different. Yes, our worthiness can change when we sin. You worth, however, does not. Your worth does not decrease when you fail. Not if your parents divorce, you lose your best friend, or even if you, yourself, cannot see your own glorious worth. And it can’t be taken from you. Not through emotional, or physical abuse. Not ever.
As a daughter of God, you were created in His Image. Genesis 1:27 reads, “So God created man [and woman] in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Your worth comes from one simple concept: you are, quite literally, a child of God. That means you take after Him. Who knows what magnificent traits you have inherited from on high? My daughter, Isabelle, is a remarkable ballerina. I am quite convinced her graceful gift does not come from either me, or her dad, but from her heavenly parents. Our four left feet could never have produced such a prodigy. But God did. Because she is His. What attributes did you inherit from your Father in Heaven that can help you to see your worth? Is it empathy for others? A grateful heart? I promise you those Godly gifts are there. Pray to better see them. And once you discover what shoe fits–what beautiful glass slipper fits you–show Cinderella how it’s done, and wear it with your head held high.