Believe in Your Goodness!

Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you. {Isaiah 43:4} A part of our role as Catholic evangelizers is to help others see their goodness and assist them in becoming the person that God is calling them to be. However, we can not give to someone else what we do not believe and have ourselves. We are important to God and like Israel in the above mentioned scripture, we are also precious in Gods eyes and He loves us. If we could truly wrap our minds and hearts around that thought, we could say to the world, "Do whatever you want, my God loves me!".

Healthy self-esteem is important because many people think too little of themselves (been there, done that), and on the other hand, some people over estimate themselves. I believe the key to an honest and accurate evaluation is knowing the basis of our self-worth and our identity in Christ.

Apart from him, we aren't capable of very much by eternal standards, but in him we are valuable and capable of worthy service.

Our true value is Gods estimate of our worth, not our peers. Other people evaluate and categorize us according to how we perform, what we achieve and how we look. God looks at our hear. In Genesis, we are told that God saw that all he had created was very good. We are all part of God's creation and he is pleased with how he made us.

Knowing that we are made in God's image provides a solid basis for self-worth. Continual criticizing or downgrading of ourselves is criticizing what God has made and the abilities he has given us.

Knowing that I am a person of worth and the basis of that worth helps me love God, myself and make what I hope is a valuable contribution to those around me.

Somehow many people have gotten the idea that self-love is not appropriate. But if this were the case, it would be pointless to love our neighbors as ourselves. Even if you have low self-esteem, you probably don't willingly let yourself go hungry. You clothe yourself reasonably well and make sure there is a roof over your head if you can. This is the kind of love we need to have for our neighbors.

Do we see that others are fed, clothed and housed as well as they can be? Are we concerned about issues of social justice? Loving others as ourselves means to be actively working to see if their needs are met.

Interestingly, people who focus on others rather than on themselves rarely suffer from low self-esteem.

Glenn Harmon 2002