I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of days when bouncing between laundry, dishes, cleaning bathrooms, driving to school, teaching middle school kids, cooking dinner, and working the concession stand at Olivia’s games starts to feel  a little like a meaningless game of ping pong……….

At the end of the day, I find myself curled up in bed, exhausted, and trying to recall a moment in the day when I know for sure that either I heard from God or He heard from me……

Or even better, someone else heard about God from me…..

Maybe that’s why I blog.

Because in this crazy thing called life, I want to know that somehow I am leaving a legacy that points to Him.

I want to have some value.

We’ve been talking about place value at school, and I took some time one day to talk about the power of the number zero.

Think about this:

If 2,047,002 was written without the digit zero in it, it would only be..


That’s a big change!

I looked up the word “zero” in the dictionary, and one definition is “naught or nothing.”

I asked my students if they ever feel like they aren’t worth much.  Many of them said, “yes.”

The truth is:  We all feel a little lacking in value from time to time, because the devil is most effective when he makes us the least effective.

After I showed the kids just how powerful a “zero” can be, I explained that in life we all have value even our most meaningless day.

We decided to throw a Zero Party and share snacks that were shaped like a zero!  We had so much fun!

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 class measuring activity 2010 0005 For me this is going to be a year when I am going to have to make a conscious decision EVERY DAY to remember that no matter how meaningless my routine can seem to feel…..GOD IS STILL WILLING TO USE ME IF I ALLOW HIM TO.

I hope that you see your worth even on a zero-kinda day.  Remember, God’s view of the world is totally opposite of man’s…..in His eyes, I’m just guessing that a “zero” is the most precious number!!!

II Corinthians 12:9-10

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I love you all, and I think you are each worth a 1 with a million zeros!