One of the most effective weapons the enemy of our souls uses against us is the lie that we are worthless. If the devil can convince us that we really aren’t worth anything, that everything we try will fail, that every good idea we have won’t really work, our efforts aren’t really going to do any good, and that God doesn’t really love and support us because we really aren’t worth it, he has done his job well. If we believe this about ourselves, it will be true. We won’t care what we do and what happens to us. To me, this lie is the single most effective weapon because it is the root of all that we believe about ourselves.
The truth is, you are of infinite worth. If you’re a member of the LDS church you may have heard that phrase a lot, so it may not mean that much to you. You may have heard it but you’re not sure you believe it. You may not have really thought about what it means. Infinite means having no boundaries or limits. Again, and this is a theme with me: it’s all in how you see yourself. Try looking through a different lens.
“…see yourself as a precious child of a loving Father in Heaven. Our children with confidence sing, ‘I am a child of God, and he has sent me here.’ Little children feel and know what perhaps you have forgotten. You are the beloved son or daughter of Heavenly Father, created ‘in his own image,’ and of immense value—so much so that Jesus Christ gave His life for you. God the Father is merciful and has infinite love for you despite your faults. Only the voice of Satan will cause you to feel of no value. In contrast, the Holy Ghost will cause you to feel ‘godly sorrow’ unto repentance in a manner that fills you with hope of positive change. When you feel worthless, ‘remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.’ Refrain from repeatedly thinking or saying negative words about yourself—there is a clear difference between humility and humiliation. Identify and use your unique talents rather than dwelling on your weaknesses.” (Anthony D Perkins, “The Great and Wonderful Love”)
I have always loved stories of superheroes—Spiderman, Batman, The Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, Captain America, The Matrix series. My favorite is Superman. Many of us like these stories about the average guy discovering he has superpowers and then using his powers to help people. We can relate to these stories. Consider Superman. He is born on another world, to super-human parents who send him to another planet to save his life. With him they send clues that will help him understand who he really is and what he can really do. As he grows and gains experience, he discovers his gifts: super-human strength, x-ray vision, the ability to fly. Then he uses his gifts to save and help people. He changes his identity because he knows he’s something special, something more than just Clark Kent. He spends his life fighting evil and standing for good.
I think we like these stories because they represent each of us. Each of us is a superhero—an incredible super-spirit disguised as a human being. Each of us has gifts and talents and abilities we are discovering every day, and each of us is trying to use those gifts to make our world a better place. Each of us has a duty to use what we have been given to make a difference and to help each other.
Please don’t listen to the lie that you are less than what you know you are. You are infinitely more. You are the spirit child of the God who created the universe. “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” You have unique gifts that no one else has, and you are here for a reason. You have a unique mission to perform, even if you may not know what it is yet.
Please don’t let labels get in your way. Don’t label yourself and don’t let others label you. You are not defined by your job, what you look like, your preferences or how much money you have. When everything is stripped away, you are still you, a child of God, a superhero in disguise.