What Gives You Self-Worth?

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By Joe Bukuras, Columnist

Recently, someone said they get their self-worth from their purpose in life. After being asked what their purpose was, they responded, “to be remembered.”

Being remembered seems like a common answer to the purpose of life these days.

In order to be remembered, you must be gone first. If being remembered is fulfilling your purpose in life, then you will never be worth anything until after you’re dead. That’s wrong… And morbid…

So think about it, what gives your life purpose? Why are you here?

Inky Johnson, who speaks about triumph in times of darkness, once said, “If every decision and choice you make is just about you, at a certain point you’re going to hit something that’s a lot tougher than you and it’s going to make you quit because you don’t have a driving force for why you do what you do.”

Your life can’t just be about you. What gives us purpose are the people around us, who God created us to love and serve. By loving and serving our brothers and sisters here on earth, we are given a sense of purpose for our lives.

Our most inner being has an intelligent design to love and to be loved. Without love, we lose our purpose to live. We lose our self-worth. Love is telling someone they are worth it. Our purpose is to love others. Therefore, our purpose is to give others purpose.

In John 13:34 Jesus says, “I give a new commandment to you: ‘Love one another; just as I have loved you, you should also love one another.’”

It’s easy to forget who has loved you in your life. It’s easy to overlook if you’re loved by anyone at all. You might sometimes think, “Who would ever love me?” or “Nobody has ever told me that I’m worth loving.”

When you fall into this spiral of doubt, think of Jesus. He is the Creator of this world and all worlds, and is larger than life, itself. The all-knowing, all-powerful, supreme being, who does not need us for any reason, “…so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Jesus died on the cross for each and every one of us. So, when you fall into doubt, don’t think of who or what you don’t have. Instead, rejoice in the fact that someone has shown you that you are worth dying for.

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