Hey Girl. What's Your Meme?

If you’re familiar with the “Hey Girl” memes that began circulating the web in 2010 then you’ve seen a catchy tagline plastered on an attractive picture of actor Ryan Gosling. An example pick up line from these memes could go something like this…

“Hey girl, you have something in your eye.

Oh wait.

It’s just a sparkle.”

(Cue laughter)

I know these memes are meant to showcase the good-looking actor and suppose what he would be saying to the girl in front of him, but I think it is worth noting that most of the “Hey Girl” memes I stumbled across are empowering and encouraging to women in some way; they actually show a woman’s worth.

I’ve been reading a book called Twelve Extraordinary Women. For the first time I see how protective God is of his daughters - how worthy we seem through His eyes. As I was reading the book, I stumbled across Sarah’s story in Genesis.

The book explains how God dealt with Pharaoh because of Sarah. Abraham (her husband), had lied, telling Pharaoh that she was his sister. Abraham was fearful Pharaoh would kill him so he could take her as his wife, because of her beauty. So instead of telling the truth, Abraham risks Sarah’s own safety and purity, and his plan backfires: Pharaoh takes Sarah as his wife. Thankfully, God intervenes when her husband doesn’t.

“But the Lord afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. So Pharaoh called Abram and said, 'What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? Now then, here is your wife; take her, and go.'" (Genesis 12:17, 19)

The Lord wouldn’t allow his daughter to be a part of her husband’s foolish plan.

What is worth?

I’ve been processing what worth looks like. What does it even mean? According to the dictionary, worth is defined as “the level at which someone or something deserves to be valued or rated.”

As a woman, you more than likely fall on one end of the spectrum. You could not see your worth at all. You struggle to see how you are valuable, how you could be worth loving, how you could be honored or respected through the lens of another. On the flip side, you could see your worth too often, or revel in it. You struggle with becoming the self-righteous, “holier than thou”, pompous person who lives and dies by people’s opinions.

To be honest, I swing back and forth between the two. There are times when I feel loved and valued by my friends and family members, and bask in my worth. Other times, I feel like I can’t do anything right or please anyone, like I’m just not “worth it.” But the problem is there is no in-between. And our hearts are contorted; we fail to see where our true worth lies.

Worth in Christ

True worth can only be found in one person in the entire world: Jesus Christ. Christ humbled himself by coming to dwell among flesh, leaving His throne with the Father, and giving up all of his heavenly worth, namely His union with God. While God poured out His wrath on our innocent Savior, we were being redeemed and kept from the bondage of sin and Hell.

Women, you are worthy because of who Christ says you are, because of what Christ did for you. Christ has named you as His daughter, His treasure, and He is for you.

One of the most simple yet profound things I’ve heard recently about God is this:

"God not only loves you, He likes you.”

God liked Sarah and was not pleased by the situation she was put in. God said “Not today” to Pharaoh and Abraham. God likes you and will do everything in His power to keep you abiding in His Son. If you are in Christ, He assigns your worth - not the world, not your friends, not even yourself. We don’t deserve to be valued or found worthy.  We just are. Only because the Lord loves us that much. In Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) it says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Worth is a word I’m still wrestling with even today, but the theme for the past six months in a hard season have been, “Sara, you’re worth it.”  Christ has been whispering to me His sweet promises. “I am for you. I am fighting for you. You are mine.”

Women, cling to these truths and let your meme be, “Hey girl. You’re worth it.”

Sara Gabbard