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Valuing Yourself

A foreigner, when asked his impression of American people, said, “They impress me as being worried.” Anxiety is part of almost every life. In fact our age has been called “the age of anxiety.”

In the midst of the tensions of today's times many are wondering, “How can I overcome worry?” One of the greatest helps is to remember that God values you and will take care of you. You need to value yourself as God values you. In Matthew 6:26 Jesus said, “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”

Do you worry too much?

Go outside and take a good look at the birds of the air. God takes care of them, doesn’t he? A study of nature will reveal how marvelously he does so. Now remember this: You are worth more to God than a bird. You have been made in God’s image. You have a soul that shall live forever. If God takes care of the birds, then he will surely take care of you. This assurance of God’s love and care should keep us from needless worry.

Are you the worrying type? Then value yourself. Be assured that God loves and cares for you. Commit your life to him, trust him, serve him, and he will take care of you.

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Today's Devotional

Why Wait Until Marriage?

In the old days sex was shrouded with three fears: the fear of conception, the fear of infection, and the fear of detection. Today those fears are largely gone. The pill and other contraceptives have greatly lessened the fear of conception. Antibiotics have greatly lessened the fear of infection, and the automobile has greatly lessened the fear of detection. With the old fears gone, young people are wondering “Why wait for marriage to experience sex?” There are three good reasons.

1. For the sake of others. I still believe one of the greatest arguments against sex before marriage is the possibility of a child. We must not dismiss the old fears too readily. Many, many babies born in the United States each year are born out of wedlock. In addition there are more criminal abortions every year. Babies need all the favorable circumstances they can have as they enter life. Growing up is hard even in the best of families. A child has a right to be born into a home where it is wanted and where there is love and security. God has entrusted to us the power to create life. It is pretty difficult to be causal about that. 

2. For the sake of your own mental health. Francis J. Braceland, editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, said, “Premarital sex relations, growing out of the so-called ‘new morality,’ have greatly increased the number of young people in mental hospitals. [Reports]  indicate that liberalized dormitory rules and more lenient attitudes toward sex have imposed stresses on some college women severe enough to cause emotional breakdown.”

3. For the sake of marriage. Whatever may be modern attitudes, real or pretended, toward sexual “freedom,” one thing that most people want is a relationship that is sincere and permanent. Those who wait on sex until marriage have the best chance of a happy, permanent marriage. Studies made by the late Professor Lewis M. Terman of Stanford University have concluded that “of those men and women who have had premarital sexual intercourse, the more promiscuous they have been premaritally, the less likely they are to be happy maritally.” 

Why wait until marriage? For the sake of society, yourself, and others. And that is reason enough.

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