This post is a repost from the archives; it was originally published on September 15, 2013.
If I could whisper something in the ear of each person on this planet, it would be, “You are worth so much.”
Our world would be drastically flipped on its axis if every human life heard those words, embraced those words, believed those words, and lived out those words. I don’t believe for a second that there was one iota of chance, one drop of coincidence, one bit of luck that brought you or me into existence.
I believe that we were knit together, thoughtfully, that we were designed for great things, that we were valued even before we were born, that we are all worth a whole lot. But this world tells us the opposite.
That we’re not smart enough or funny enough or skinny enough or muscular enough or thoughtful enough or skilled enough or bubbly enough or outgoing enough or quiet enough or charming enough or beautiful enough or persistent enough or cool enough or patient enough or, or, or… and haven’t you just had it?
Let me remind you, let me whisper to your heart’s ear:
You are enough. You are worth so much.
How would your life be different if your fears and insecurities didn’t rule you anymore? Would you move to a new city? Quit your job? Commit to the person you love? Finally buy that plane ticket? Reach out to your long-lost friend? Seek God for the first time? Question what you’ve never fully accepted? Change the world?
I believe you would.
Because I see it in my own life–as I’ve grown and become awakened to the reality that I am a person of value and worth; that I have something unique to bring to the world; that I have a purpose and I can bring about change; that I have a strong spirit–it is in these realizations that I have come alive.
It’s not easy to find worth within yourself when you’ve never seen it there before. It’s nearly impossible to find worth within yourself when you can’t find it in other people. So I urge you, please, call out greatness in your relationships.
Look earnestly at your friend and tell her, “You have great worth. You’re going to impact your community.”
Sit down with a co-worker and remind him, “You bring focus and commitment to our workplace. I appreciate that in you.”
Remind your partner, “Love is hard, but you’re worth fighting for.”
Even that pesky someone, that person that annoys even the hairs on the back of your neck. Remind her, “You have worth in this world. You’ll do great things.”
Because truly, what we need is a world full of people with beating hearts and pulsing veins who have come alive to the reality that they’re valuable and purposeful and nothing about their life is worthless.
We don’t need people who CAN change the world (for we all can), we need people who BELIEVE they can change the world.
Call out worth in yourself. Call out worth in those around you.
Because really? At the end of the day, the only thing that’s worthless about you are your fears, insecurities, and regrets. Live on purpose.