On Value and Worth, Part 3 of 4
He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. John 7:18
Why am I tempted to seek recognition, acknowledgement, appreciation and respect from others? It is an attempt to answer the question, “Do I have value and worth?” I am asking other people to affirm my worth.
There is a profound and fundamental problem with relying on other people to affirm my worth. Most people are so desperately focused on trying to answer their own questions about their own self-worth that they don’t have the capacity and ability to affirm the worth of others. It is almost always a futile effort to rely on other people to answer this question.
God is the only one who really cares. He is the only one who has a genuine interest in us.
Maybe it sounds like I am discounting the contribution of other people. Hopefully we have at least a few people who care about us. But are they able to give us what we really need? Let’s face it: the answer is no.
Therefore, we might as well get used to going to God to meet our needs for value and worth.