How valuable is my ordinary life to God?


I’m just ordinary

“I’m just ordinary,” you say. “Does God attach the same importance to my life that He does to those with the big ministries? Are they, somehow, more valuable to Him?”

It is good to remember that most of the people spoken about at any length in the Bible were those in leadership, but we are given brief glimpses into the lives of some ordinary people, and we find that God arranged the minutiae of their lives with great tenderness.

Ordinary women in the Bible

Think of Ruth and bitter Naomi (Book of Ruth), barren Hannah (1 Samuel 1) and Elizabeth (Luke 1), and slave-girl Hagar (Genesis 16), to name a few. God did not allow their disastrous situations or their dreams and longings to go unnoticed, and lovingly ordered their circumstances for their ultimate good.

In Genesis 16:13 Hagar paid tribute to God saying, “You are the God who sees me.”

The fact is that most of us are not called to lead armies, rule nations or preach to thousands, but to serve God faithfully where He has placed us. Our lives are no less valuable to Him for that.

We each have a unique life

Each of us has a unique life and God opens different doors for us. Remember that Psalm 139 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb,” and, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

It is so easy to underestimate our value and the redemptive hand of God in our lives.

Aldyth Thomson

Aldyth organised the Beauty for Ashes women's conferences for 21 years since its inception in 1996. An ex history teacher, she and her husband ex-patted in Ghana, Zambia and Burkina Faso for 12 years before moving to Cape Town in 2017. She compiled the Beauty for Ashes Prayer Journal and co-authored the Beauty for Ashes Health Journal for Women with Sally-Ann Creed—a bestseller which was also translated into Dutch. She is a breast cancer survivor of 13 years.


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