The other day, I was having my usual Daddy-Daughter moment with my younger daughter. As she normally does, she said quite a number of things. I listened patiently. Then, she said something I wouldn’t just overlook. She said; “Daddy, I wish my name was treasure.” That’s the name of her friend in school. My response to her supplied her understanding; “Why did you say so? You are also treasure. You are treasured and valued.” She got the message.

Friend, you are treasure. Stop desiring to answer another person’s name. You are God’s treasure, not a trash (Psalms 135:4). Listen, no matter how your spouse treats you, no matter the abuses that you have suffered from your employer, colleagues, friends, parents, or even your pastor, you are still very useful to God and His program on earth (Isaiah 65:8).

You are treasured. You are loved. You are the apple of God’s eyes (Zechariah 2:8). You are unique. Now, this is not just motivation. It is who you are. You need to constantly affirm this to your consciousness. Especially when life throws doubts and defeats in your face, learn to get back with God’s assuring words; you are treasured (Isaiah 43:4, Jeremiah 31:3).

By the way, life is not first about the name you bear. It is about the understanding you carry and the consciousness with which you face life (Psalms 78:9-11). Your parents may name you success, but if you carry the mentality and attitude of failure, you won’t still live up to that name (Proverbs 23:7). If your name is excellence, but mediocrity fills your heart and ways, it won’t still work.

Behind your name is a prophetic destiny. Discover that destiny and live up to the demands of it (Matthew 1:21). Don’t let your background put your back on the ground (Judges 11:1-11). Don’t envy other people’s names; paths, process, or prosperity. What God has invested in your life is too weighty to allow comparison of any sort. Those who compare themselves with themselves are not wise (2 Corinthians 10:12).

You carry a unique purpose and destiny. Inside that purpose is glory and beauty (Romans 8:28-30). Stop looking at other people. Focus on yourself and God. Answer to what God says to you and about you. He calls you a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. He has ordained you to show forth His praises to the ends of the earth (1 Peter 2:9). God believes in you more than you can ever think of. But do you believe in yourself?

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria