Perhaps you’ve heard the story of Johnny Lingo, a man who lived in the South Pacific. The islanders all spoke highly of him. He was rich, strong, good-looking, and very intelligent. But when it came time for him to find a wife, people shook their heads in disbelief. The woman Johnny chose was Sarita, who was plain, skinny, and walked with her shoulders hunched and her head down. Sarita was very hesitant and shy. She was also a bit older than the other married women in the village, which did nothing for her value. But Johnny Lingo loved her.
What surprised everyone most was Johnny’s offer. In order to obtain a wife, you paid for her by giving her father cows. 4 to 6 cows was considered a high price. The other villagers thought he might pay 2 or even 3 cows at the most. But he gave 8 cows for her!! Everyone chuckled about it, since they believed his father-in-law put one over on him. Some even thought it was a mistake.
Several months after the wedding, a visitor from the United States came to the Islands to trade, and heard the story of Johnny Lingo and Sarita, his eight-cow wife. Upon meeting Johnny and his wife the visitor was totally taken aback, since this wasn’t a shy, plain, and hesitant woman, but one who was beautiful, poised, and confident. The visitor asked about this transformation, and Johnny Lingo’s response was very simple. “I wanted an 8-cow woman, and when I paid that for her and treated her in that fashion, she began to believe that she was an 8-cow woman. She discovered she was worth more than any other woman in the islands. And what matters most is what a woman thinks of herself.”
And that is the point of Christianity. We were bought with the highest price in history, the precious blood of Jesus Christ. And because of that, we can be assured that whatever anyone in the world thinks of us, no matter how low their opinion is of us, we matter to God. We are His precious, treasured possession. We are loved. And His love is perfect, which casts out all our fears. So go ahead and think of how much God loves you, and how much He values you. It will change how you see yourself, which in turn will help others see Jesus in you.
In His love,