Self-worth and self-esteem come from knowing that our life, our consciousness, and our material existence come from the eternal life, eternal consciousness, and eternal material of the Universe—in other words, from God. We are no more and no less than any other human being. Our soul is intimately connected with the Soul of all creation. We can experience this in a numinous, awesome way where we are overwhelmed by the immensity and power of the Universe—God. We can also experience this in an intimate and very personal way through Jesus Christ. Such is God’s ability that God can manifest though any being. God can be expressed in any human being. This innate capacity of human beings to manifest God is a gift we have all been given. There are a multitude of things that get in the way of manifesting God—our own selfish desires being the principle manner we obscure this ability. What a narrow path we have to walk! We must recognize this immense, inherent, innate essence of unlimited power and value, yet at the same time we must recognize when our selfish interests become so inflated the God part seems very small—almost non-existent. How easy it is to bounce back and forth from each extreme! It is no wonder that spiritual literature is full of both possibilities—that we are nothing and that we are everything. Jesus captures this condition perfectly in the parable of the lost sheep, Luke 15:3-6.
So he told them this parable: ‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.”
We are so easily lost, yet so valuable that the whole of creation moves to help find us, and the fullness of love found in God is expressed through joy.