Monday, September 19, 2011

What Determines Your Self-Worth?

    Self-Worth is defined in the dictionary as respect for or a favorable opinion of oneself.  Yet, when you look at society the people that are most highly esteemed are those with the most money, cars, the biggest houses, the most fame, the highest professions, titles and even looks.  Unfortunately, because of this societal belief, for many people they grow up believing that their worth is based on material gain.  Sadly, this ideology for many becomes a generational curse they in turn instill this belief in their children by putting so much importance on ‘things’.  Their children feel they are inferior or important because of what they have.  Others may feel they are pretty or handsome because of what they are wearing.  In reality what they are teaching them is that they are not enough.
     What happens if they are ever in a position where they are unable to afford those things?  They feel inadequate.  As they get older, even as adults they will go to any extent to get the things that make them feel important.  When some people find they are unable to get ‘it’ they feel as if life isn’t worth living.  I’ve seen news reports and have known people personally that have taken their lives when they no longer had ‘it’.  Case in point, the suicide rate was off the chart during the 1930’s great depression.
     Self-worth comes from within.  I believe it begins with your morals, values, ethical and spiritual beliefs.  These things lead to self-love.  Lack of material things, external beauty and titles can not make you lose it.  All of those things are capable of diminishing.  However, when you truly love who you are and know the true and living God, you will have belief that you are royalty in all situations.  You matter just because.  Max Lucado once said, “You are valuable just because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are.”  So I ask you to think on this, what determines your self-worth?
Until next time, I hope you have been encouraged, empowered, enlightened and enriched.
Peace and blessings,