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Feeling like Damaged Goods

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. (NLT)

On a recent grocery shopping trip, I walked by a shelf off to the side lined with boxes and cans. Each was imperfect—their packaging was either dented or torn. Above the shelf was a sign: “Damaged Goods.” Although the unopened items were no longer perfectly wrapped, what was inside appeared fine. This Dutch girl couldn’t resist stopping, after all, damaged goods mean a far cheaper sticker price.

Do you ever feel like “damaged goods”, discounted and cast off to the side? Splintered relationships, wandering children, unruly addictions or chronic bad choices can leave you feeling unwanted, unloved, and unworthy. Your self-esteem shattered. You feel like you never measure up, or aren’t quite good enough. I’ve often felt that way. We are all damaged, imperfect, in our own way.

Feeling like damaged goods weakens our confidence and discourages our faith. Instead of focusing on how you see yourself, focus on the One who bought you. You have been chosen by God himself and Jesus paid a high price for us, even if we feel a little dented and damaged.

That day, I bought a can of salmon, and inside the damaged can I found a healthy meal, rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Good things can still come out of damaged packaging. You may feel like damaged goods, but the truth is you are a daughter of the King. You are special, loved from inside out.

Lord, thank You for loving me just as I am. Help me to focus on the One who bought me with His life, instead of focusing on myself.

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