I inherited most of my grandmother's sewing supplies when she passed away because I myself spend a fair amount of time sewing. But I put Grandma's sewing supplies into our storage unit when we moved, and I haven't really touched them since.
Part of me didn't really want to use Grandma's things because they were too special. But I've healed enough from losing her to realize that using her sewing supplies is like spreading her love around.
So I went to the storage unit and grabbed a few things I can use.
Some of these antique buttons are exquisite. They are beautiful. Some have a neat story because of what they were originally used for (a wedding dress, a handmade coat, etc.).
Some of the items are more useful than beautiful. Zippers and snaps that can finish off projects and make things functional.
Each and every item is breathtaking to me. Not because of how they look or what they can do. They're priceless because of who they belonged to.
This afternoon I made my sister two pillow covers, and I used Grandma's zippers to close the covers. I could have chosen the exact same zippers brand new from the store, but just knowing the zippers were Grandma's will make them instantly special to my sister, too.
They are special because of their owner.
The same is true for us. You and I may look beautiful or work well, but the real reason why we are so valuable is because of who we belong to.
I belong to God. You belong to God. We are His.
I've seen a lot of parents with their kids' names tatooed on their bodies. Isaiah 49:16 says that God has engraved us on the palms of His hands. If you believe in God, that Jesus is the Son of God, and that Jesus died for your sins to give you eternal life, then you belong to God. Your name is engraved on the palm of His hand.
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I gave them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand." John 10:27-28
There's a lot you can do well in this life. But the true reason you are so valuable is not what you do or how you appear but to whom you belong.
You are treasured because you are His.