Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)

How do you love God? How do you show God your love with all of your heart? Have you ever considered the question?

Many of you are starting back to school this week. With this new start is a great time to consider how God is asking you to love fully and to let go of anything that holds you back.

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“Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life?”

Matthew 6:26-27

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How much are you worth? Have you ever thought about it? Often when we think about worth, it is framed in the context of financial abundance or debt.

Yet God does not measure your worth in dollars. God measures your worth as a beloved child of God.

At school, it can be hard to remember that you and everyone around you are worth a great deal to God. As you get back into your routine of school, ask God to help you remember that you are worth a great value as God’s child. And ask God to help you see the worth of other people who are in your school as well.

Josh Speight

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God, thank you for seeing me as someone of value. Help me to see my own worth in you and in others today. Amen.

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Go forth now in the power of the Spirit of God to be God’s helper in the world, letting go of any worry, loving God with all your heart along the way.

Joshua Speight

Josh Speight serves clergy and congregations on the Ministries Team of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Atlanta, Ga. He has an incredible life with the three wisest women he knows: his wife Becky and their daughters Ainsley and Evelyn.

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