Thursday, April 16, 2015

Priceless Doll - Alisha Ritchie

For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. Deuteronomy 7:6 NIV

She was the most beautiful doll I’d ever seen. Given as a Christmas gift from my aunt, I loved this porcelain doll with all of my 7 year old heart. She had long, golden hair cascading down her shoulders and back and wore a fancy pink dress trimmed in blue. She was just the right size for carrying—everywhere. To this day, I still have the doll tucked away safely at my house. 

I visited a local antique shop the other day and was surprised to see the very same doll. But she wore a price tag of only two dollars. Two dollars? Surely the doll was worth more than that? 

Believers sometimes fail to recognize our value in God’s eyes. Poor self- esteem or failed relationships can cause us to doubt our worth and purpose. We may see ourselves as having very little value. But God tells us something completely different. 

Moses addressed the Israelites as they prepared to destroy their enemies Just as God chose the Israelites to be His sanctified people, we too can be part of His cherished possession. This verse confirms God’s intense love for us. So much so that He calls us holy or sacred to Him. He values us not because of what we can do for Him but because of His wondrous goodness and grace He chooses to lavish on us. 

Stop viewing yourself in a negative light and see yourself as God intends—a beautiful masterpiece treasured by God Himself. We all make mistakes and will feel bad about ourselves from time to time. But those negative thoughts demean our value and blur the perspective of how God truly views us. None of us have time to waste seeing ourselves like the depreciated doll at the antique shop. 

Pray that God will help you see yourself as a treasured gift, just as I see the gift of my priceless childhood doll.
(Photo courtesy of morguefile and cheriedurbin.)

Alisha Ritchie is a wife, mother of two wonderful children, Physical Therapy Assistant by profession, dedicated church member, and Sunday School teacher. She resides in the small town of Stanfield, North Carolina, where she enjoys writing, spending time with her children, and ministering to others through her work and small group Bible studies. You can read other devotions she has written on


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