From the Dust of the Earth

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” – Genesis 2:7


I was speaking with a friend today about retirement funds and insurance. He made the comment that he was “worth more dead than alive.”  It’s unfortunate to hear someone say that, but somewhat common in today’s world.


Many times in life, it’s easy to feel defeated or worthless, but that’s not the case. We have the God of the universe as our creator.  The same God that spoke worlds into existence also made you.  The Bible says that we were made from the dust of the earth, but that doesn’t mean we are insignificant. It means that we have both material and spiritual value beyond compare.


Which is more valuable, a diamond or a pile of dirt? At first thought, the diamond would be worth more, but what about to a seed?  To a seed, that pile of dirt is worth everything, since the dirt is its future and lifeblood.  That dirt represents food and shelter for what will grow up to potentially feed thousands, since from one seed can come many seeds later.


I read in a scientific journal that spoke about the makeup of the human body. Not too many people realize that we have many different types of elements in our bodies, including such things as gold, silver, and even platinum.  We are also what scientists call a ‘carbon-based life form’ in which there’s a good percentage of our physical makeup that is carbon.  Carbon, when placed under enough stress and heat, eventually becomes a diamond.  In other words, not only are you the pile of dirt that aids in the creation of life, but you are also the diamond.  Through the stresses and fires of everyday life, we can become a symbol of beauty and strength.


You are not worthless. God created you purposefully and wonderfully.  You are God’s masterpiece and no matter what this world says you are, you can walk around with your head held high knowing that you are so much more than what this world sees.  You are worth more than you can imagine, not because of what you do, but because of who you are.


God’s blessings to you.