Isn’t it funny how we, as humans, let others determine our worth? These days, far too many of us are focused on the thoughts of others, and we let these thoughts affect our self-image. For a long time, I was one of these people. I let the way others saw me affect how I saw myself. I fell into a hole--a hole that I thought I would never get out of. I looked at myself in the mirror every single day and couldn’t see a single thing about myself I liked. I couldn’t think of myself as anything but unworthy, and I couldn’t see how I was needed.

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Just before the New Year, I looked into the mirror one day and realized that I was actually happy. I looked in the mirror and I saw a girl with dreams of making her mark on the world, a girl who is loved beyond measure, a girl whose heart is far more accepting than it should be. I saw a girl who has a passion for children, a girl who is far from perfect but strives to be the best she can. I saw a girl who wants to be better, a girl who does things for herself instead of because people tell her to, a girl who laughs to tears without worrying what people would think. I saw a daughter, a daughter of the one true King.

I realize now, looking back, that this world is constantly trying to tear us down. There is so much evil, so much of the devil’s work. It’s taken me almost 20 years on this earth to realize that I am enough, I am needed, and I am loved beyond measure. There are so many things I could share, so many stories I have about the whole “good versus evil” agenda often found in the world. But I won’t waste my time here trying to prove to anyone that God has worked in my life more than I could ever express.

Just a few days ago, I was scrolling through my Facebook timeline, and I saw a picture. You know, those quote-style typed pictures that normally have something that will make you laugh written on them, along with thousands of shares. I read it, and I had to take a minute to regain my composure because I found myself in a state of awe.

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Wow. Right? I found myself printing it out and hanging it on my bathroom mirror, so that on days when I don’t feel like enough, when I can’t bear to look at myself in the mirror, I can remember that we serve an unbelievable, all- powerful, all-knowing God who loves us unconditionally. He looked at this world without you, and still thought that there was a purpose for your life. He looked at this world without you and decided that your existence was necessary.