You Have Worth
by: Stacey Thacker | July 16, 2018
I have a rather unusual maiden name. I was a child of the seventies, and my name didn’t begin to hint at my current career as a Christian author. Instead, it screamed “rock star groupie.” Let’s just say that when I put it on social media recently, my friends who hadn’t known me growing up had a good laugh.
I was a Stoner.
What my new friends didn’t know was that, growing up, my maiden name gave me certain privileges. At one store in town, I was more than a customer. I could walk in anytime and be guaranteed a warm welcome. The salespeople knew me and would often let me come behind the counter and “help” them. It wasn’t unusual for them to lead me over to the girls’ clothing section, point out an outfit that had just arrived, and pull down my size. They knew it by heart. With my mom’s nod, the outfit would be put in a special bag just for me. The bag also happened to have my last name on it. They were personal like that.
Probably the best part of my last name was that it gave me access to the secret place in the back of the store. I could (and often did) run past the perfume counter and shoes and go straight to the desk where the boss man sat. He was always impeccably dressed in a suit and tie, busy working some deal or going over the sales for the day. But since I was a welcomed guest, he never minded my interruptions. Usually, he would ask if I had found a new outfit and whether my mom was with me. Sometimes, if he wasn’t too busy, he’d walk with me through the store and point out the best of what had come that day in shipment. When I was a little older, he gave me a job and usually stuffed my purse with more items than I sold.
The reason I had special access and the invitation to be more than a customer at that store is that my name was not only on the bag, it was also on the store marquee. My granddad owned that store and several others across the state. I carried his name when I walked into the store and everywhere else I went in town. So you see, not many people laughed about it back then. Growing up a Stoner was a big deal, but I didn’t realize that for a long time. In fact, I was shocked when I realized not everyone had a well-known last name like mine. It was so normal for me because I was born into it.
You were born into a family that’s a big deal too. Long ago, before God laid the foundations of the world, He was thinking about you and me and how much He loved us. Ephesians 3:15 ESV tells us that we receive our name from the Father, from whom “every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” He decided from the beginning of time to adopt us as His children through His only Son, Jesus, and to write His name over our hearts.
Do you know how He felt about that? He delighted in doing so. His plan was for us to be part of His special family. Being part of His family brings with it blessings of untold worth, gifts we get to experience now and forever, and more importantly, access to our heavenly Father that no one can hinder.
“Who am I” is a question we often ask. Many of us have sought the answer to this question fervently, and we’ve probably looked to the opinion of others for a clue. Maybe we read selfhelp books to try to answer it, or maybe we search social media for someone we want to be like and imitate them. Too often, we come away feeling as though we don’t measure up—mostly because we believe the lie that we have to be “enough” in the first place. But what does God have to say about it? Knowing His heart for us will make a world of difference in how we view ourselves and live out our story the way He planned for us to from the beginning of time.
So, what does He say about us? We are blessed. Chosen. Blameless. No longer slaves. Free.
Doesn’t that make you want to cry a little bit? When was the last time someone called you blessed? Has anyone reminded you lately that you are free? Oh, sweet friend, you are His. You carry His name. You are all these things and more.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world. . .In love he predestined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ. . .In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us.” Ephesians 1:3–10 esv
This article originally appeared in Victorious Living Magazine.
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