No One Is Worthless
We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.
When we've come out of a difficult season of life, we tend to think of our lives as a mess. But we need to realize that there is more in our lives than pain and problems; there is more to us than our addictions. If we've been treated as worthless, we may overlook our many assets-our talents, resources, and abilities. God wants these turned over to him, too.
Jesus told a story about a man who went away on a long trip. He left some "talents" to three of his servants to invest while he was away. (A talent was a unit of currency used in biblical times.) They were given differing amounts of money to invest in keeping with each of their abilities. Two of the servants used their money profitably. The third was afraid to try and buried his in the ground. When the master returned he was very pleased with the first two servants and rewarded them. He was very angry with the servant who just hid the money away, failing to make a return on it. The master had expected him to make the most of what he had been given (Matthew 25:14-30).
When we turn our lives over to God, that includes all the gifts he has entrusted to us. To say that we have no talents or abilities is an insult to the one who gave them to us. We're not worthless! We may have to dig around a bit to find those talents that have been buried while we were consumed by our craziness, but God expects us to find them and use them. This will improve our self-esteem and help in our recovery.
God wants all of us because he loves all of us.