Read an Excerpt from Love Your Life by Victoria Osteen

Chapter 1 - Understanding Your Influence

What’s in Your Memory Box?

A few years ago, my husband, Joel, and I were sitting in our living room looking through one of the many boxes of memorabilia my mother meticulously collected and organized over the years.We were doing some spring cleaning that day and stopped to enjoy the treasures we’d found in this one particular box. It was filled with so many reminders of who I was as a child—old photos, drawings, clips of my hair, and other childhood mementos. Joel and I were still laughing at a photo of me sitting at my mother’s dressing table covered in her lipstick, when I came across a card that I gave to my mother and father when I was about seven years old. As I opened the faded, yellowing card, I read my own words of love and affection expressed toward my parents. “I love you, Mom and Dad.You are the greatest parents in the world.” As I continued reading the card, my eyes were drawn to another part of the note written in red colored pencil, which simply read: “I feel like we are somebody important and I know that we are.”

I stared at the phrase that I carefully printed so long ago and wondered why I would have written it.What made me think of that? How could I possibly have felt so important? How could I be so bold at such a young age to think that my family and I mattered so much? As I contemplated the words on the card, it was one of those moments that should have been so insignificant that I breezed right by it, but God opened my mind to an insight that has forever affected my way of thinking. That is, God has placed great value, significance, and importance on the inside of every one of us. That note I wrote as a child reminded me that I am important to God today, and because I am important to God, I am important to myself and to those around me.

What’s in the memory box of your heart? How do you see yourself? Some days, you may wake up and not feel that important; in fact, some days, you may feel just the opposite. We all have days when it seems as though life is trying to knock us down and get us off course, and we lose sight of the great treasure inside us. But what matters most is not how you may feel or how you appear to others; what matters most is what you believe about your own value and significance.

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