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Do you want to get the Love and Respect Now magical unicorn crest tattooed on your bicep as much as I do? I thought so…
Josh Chang is the man behind that amazement. A dear Portland friend, Josh and his wife, Amber, have poured into me through their time and servant hearts. For over two years, Amber edited all of my terrrrrible grammar in most of the things I wrote. (If you find an error, it’s because I didn’t send it to her… Also, she often deleted the million ellipses that I wanted to use…all…the…time…)
They both served on my Creative Committee and Josh still meets with me often to help with design issues or just my million questions about…life…in…general…
Josh is not only gifted in his field, but also at loving people. A great question-asker with genuine intrigue, Josh grapples with life’s questions and God’s design and purpose for us. The poster he created for you all is a reminder of his own lightbulb moment he had in the P.A. [Pre-Amber] years.
When I was 24 I decided that I was done with dating. The problem for me? Dating led to more dating. I work in advertising and we sometimes create new emotions or convince people to chase new and shiny things.
Dating felt just like that: I kept creating new emotions and trying to position myself as a shiny object.
And if it was a Christian I was dating, we would get to know each other, talk about how far is too far, fall into a place of ambiguity, and then it would fall apart because I never wanted to commit. So I would replace them with someone new. It would be rinse and repeat.
And I was tired of this.
And I told God that I was tired of this and that I wanted a new perspective on relationships. And he said, “Yes, Josh, that’s why I created marriage.” So as I looked at God’s word and his design for marriage, the first thing I had to understand was that I was valuable to him. That I was worth something. And I deserved better.
During this time, I met a girl named Amber. Before I could even ask her to obligatory coffee, I saw that she knew her value. I realized that if I wanted access to her, I would have to be responsible for what was behind it. And vice versa, if I wanted to grant her access to my life, I needed her to be responsible for what I offered as well.
This was different. I was different, Amber was different. And because we valued our worth and each other, my old ways of chaos and heartbreak and rinse and repeat were gone.
I designed this poster as a rallying cry to remind all of us that we don’t need to sell our shiny-selves. We’ve already been bought at a high price from the one who created us and He called us good.
We should know this and embrace this and act on this.
What are some reasons you struggle to know your self-worth?
Want this poster now? This poster would be rad framed in your room, hung up at the office or as a gift to a friend who needs to know their self-worth.
Also, many of you have commented on the “Fight To Stay In Love” poster in my office. Yup, Josh did that too. Order HERE.
Love and Respect (Now) is a division of Love and Respect. Please be considerate.