I am a failure by birth with no redeeming qualities, destined for a life of missed opportunities and disappointments.  I am programmed to make mistakes and to miss the mark.  I fail more times than I succeed, and all I know or feel is loss.  The Bible references me as "a filthy garment", "unclean", born into sin, and programmed to sin. 

But that is only part of the story, for I am also redeemed, bought by a price, and loved with a purpose.  I have a "treasure in this earthen vessel" and it is the Holy Spirit.  My value does not come from me, or what I do, but from who is inside me, and what He can and will do.    I live today not by my capabilities, or past failures, but in the knowledge that God can and will work in this unclean vessel.

Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me and gave Himself for me.

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