We want to be human beings with dignity and worth. We want to be free. When we look at ourselves, what we see may be flaws and limitations. Do these show our real worth?
We believe that the glory of the Lord has shone on us. We are God-like because God has made us so. Every crippled, pagan beggar is Godlike, imaging God’s wisdom and freedom from the hour of creation. Can a disciple of Jesus be less so?
Our worth is not a matter of whether or not we are beautiful or talented or popular. Nor can it be because we are young and healthy. Certainly it is easier to feel worthwhile if these things are in place. However all of them will pass, perhaps abruptly. What then? Our essential worth is above all that is passing. The most secure reason for self-esteem is the image of God in ourselves, an image which Jesus has enhanced.
Lord, let me not glory except in your glory which you have graciously shared with me. Protect me from conceit and from putting myself down. Hold me in your truth which is the basis of humility and peace with myself.