There are two more items required for our survival kit: a mint is one of them.
The mint is to remind us that we are worth a mint to our Heavenly Father. This is a play on words, because the “mint” we are speaking about, actually means a FORTUNE. Perhaps you don’t feel that valuable but you really are. There is a verse in the Bible which sums up how special you are:
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
I’ve been told to substitute my name in where the word “world” is, because if I was the only one that needed everlasting life, Jesus would have still come and died just for me. When I finally realized how set apart I was, that God cared so much for me…..it was mind-boggling! I grew up having an understanding of God and who He was—-I had all the knowledge in my head. But it wasn’t until I was in my late 20’s that I began to have it sink into my heart.
My husband and I had decided to attend a new church shortly after we moved to New Jersey. The preacher would share Bible verses that, at first, meant nothing to me. Yet, I was curious to hear more of it. At first I was stubborn, not liking to be told I was a sinner. In fact, I sometimes would refuse to go with my husband, who was truly searching for answers.God continued to draw me closer and began putting people into my life who had a close relationship with God–and it showed. I eventually came to realize that no matter how good of a person I was, it wasn’t about anything I could do—it was God’s grace—his unmerited favor towards me, offering me a choice to accept His Son. For so long I had looked around me, comparing myself to what others did and thought I could be a good enough person.
So, on July 8th, 1987, I made a decision to trust Jesus Christ as my Personal Saviour, admitting that I was a sinner and needed His forgiveness. Because Jesus surrendered Himself and died for me—I knew I needed to surrender my own desires and live for HIM! It’s a decision I have never regretted making.
It amazes me that God cares so much about little ol’ me! He’s the Creator of the universe, but Scripture tells me that He knows the number of hairs on my head. Psalm 139:17 states, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!”
I am special to God and that is all that matters.