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The Unopened Gift

Abuse Christmas Self-worth

Source: "Man keeps unopened Christmas gift from girl who dumped him almost 50 years ago," by Rob Drinkwater with the Western Star, December 24, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-04

Scripture: John 3:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Rob Drinkwater, with the Western Star, reports,

Back in 1970, Adrian Pearce was a 17-year-old Grade 12 student at George S. Henry Secondary School in Don Mills, Ontario, looking forward to Christmas vacation.

Then his girlfriend — his first serious girlfriend — broke up with him.

"She gave me a present at the same time and I took the present home. I had a long walk home and I was all upset and angry and all the things you feel when somebody breaks up with you," Pearce recounted.

"And so I fired the present under the Christmas tree. After my family opened their gifts at Christmas, there was still one Christmas gift left and it's the gift this girl Vicki had given me. I told my family I'm never going to open that present."

He never did.

... For years, Pearce continued placing the present under the tree, even after he got married and had children. His kids kept asking him if they could open it, but Pearce refused. Eventually, his wife put her foot down and said it wasn't welcome under the tree anymore.

Now he just pulls out the old gift, which is wrapped in shiny blue paper that's fading, and just looks at it before putting it away again.

APPLICATION

Many people have a difficult time receiving.  They have been made to feel unworthy in the past and that feeling has stayed with them.

To address this, God has stepped in to reassert our true value and worth.  He did this by sending His only begotten Son into the world to give His life for our redemption.  

Have you been rejected or abused? Have you been made to feel unworthy? As a result, do you have a difficult time receiving the gifts of praise and recognition?  Perhaps you even find it hard to believe and to accept what Jesus has done for you.

God wants you, above all else, to understand that He loves you.

Don't be like Mr. Pearce, who refuses to open the gift that has been given to him, or like countless others who, every year, celebrate Christmas without actually receiving the gift that’s been offered.  

What's a Dirty, Soiled, Sullied Twenty Dollar Bill Worth

Self-image Self-worth Eternal Security

Source: "This Guy Uses $20 Bill To Explain How Much You’re Worth" published YouTube.com Dec 3, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-18

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:19 ; John 10:29

Author: Unknown (Video Author) / Illustration Exchange
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The following brief video is a fantastic object lesson to illustrate the value of each and every human being, regardless of their past ...

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If you do not wish to show the video, simply use a $20 bill as a visual, then go on the explain its value, as in the video.

APPLICATION

You are far more valuable than a $20 bill. You have been purchased with the price of the life of the very Son of God!

And know this, God will cling to you far tighter than the man in the video clings to his $20 bill. Why? "Because," God says, "you're mine!"

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect" (1 Peter 1:19).

"My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand" (John 10:29)

Psychology Of Self-Esteem

Self-worth Cultural Trends Guilt

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Contributed By: Brian Colmery | Date Posted: 2013-10-20

Scripture: 1 John 1:9

Author: Kay Hymowitz
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The psychologist Nathaniel Brandon published a path-breaking paper in 1969 called "The Psychology of Self-Esteem" in which he argued that feelings of self-worth were a key to success in life. The theory became a big hit in the nation's schools; in the mid-1980s, the California Legislature even ­established a self-esteem task force. By now, there are 15,000 scholarly articles on the subject.

And what do they show? That high self-esteem doesn't improve grades, reduce ­anti-social behavior, deter alcohol drinking or do much of anything good for kids. In fact, telling kids how smart they are can be ­counterproductive. Many children who are convinced that they are little geniuses tend not to put much effort into their work. Others are troubled by the latent anxiety of adults who feel it necessary to praise them constantly.

APPLICATION

Even when we are told over and over again that we are good, special, and unique, we aren't convinced.  We simply crave more praise.  Clearly we are hungry for something that even a lifetime's worth of external praise can't give us: a clean conscience.  Simply telling yourself that you are "good enough" won't make it true, and at our most honest moments we all realize it. What we need is not to be told we're fine, but for someone to deal with our guilt. We can only find that in one place: the gospel of Jesus.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

A Gold Medal Is A Wonderful Thing

Contentment Self-worth Identity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:25

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Arithmetic of You

Human Worth Self-worth God's Image

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-02

Scripture: Psalms 139:14

Author: Steve May / Illustration Exchange
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How To Get An Eight Cow Wife

Marriage Respect Self-worth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-10

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

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Any Husband Better Than None?

Marriage Pride Self-worth

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2013-02-08

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:8

Author: Barnett Gushin
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The Scandal of Grace and the Fall of Lance Armstrong

Grace Justification (Self) Self-worth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-21

Scripture: Isaiah 64:6

Author: CJ Stephens
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Beauty's True Source

Grace Self-worth Justification (Positional)

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2013-01-17

Author: Jim Congdon
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Hugged Almost In Half

God's Love Self-worth Submission

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2012-12-15

Scripture: 1 John 4:10

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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