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Worthy—How So? (Self-Worth)

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Self-worth is a firm foundation 

I dare say not a one of us likes to find ourselves slipping on ice. It often means we’re going down! A slippery foundation from your house to your car is one thing, but precarious footing throughout the months and years of existence on this earth is quite another.

Have you lost footing? Consider the contrast of insignificant vs admirable and honorable. Having merit or worth is a firm foundation that keeps us steady when the going gets slippery. 

From whose perspective are we valuable and worthy? Isaiah 43:4 (in God’s words:) Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.

If that’s not a love story I don’t know what is. God regards you and me as tremendously significant, enough to pay a very high price to call us his own. We are his—worthy and honored. Doesn’t that give you a firm foundation for confident living? 

Self-Worth lies beneath the surface

Strength for living comes from within, at the core of who we are. God’s word says we are significant: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you . . .” Jeremiah 1:5

We know that walking on thin ice can be very risky or dangerous, especially if it’s over a body of water. Whatever lies beneath the surface could result in imminent disaster or ruin. Since dangers and surprises are a fact of life, self-worth is an essential part of standing up to them.

Self-worth is an enabler that equips us to tread the threatening cold waters of life. We have much greater power to survive when we know we are significant, worthy of living.  

What we hope for are resources that enable us to adjust our position for sure footing and thrive in the process if the surface does crack.

What power for living lies beneath the surface of your “solid” exterior?

Self-Worth is the Heart of the Matter

Sure footing is like self-worth in that it enables us to stand secure with the surfaces of life become slippery. Self-worth is at the heart of the matter of remaining stabilized. 

Adjusting positions to face the unexpected, the tragic, and threatening circumstances is to draw upon the core person deep within—for composure, calm, peace, exceptional strength to help him stand secure.

Self-worth is the heart of the matter. Who are you in your own eyes? Do you know you belong to the Creator who loves you?

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