What is the worth of a soul? Before early Church leaders could begin building the kingdom of God, the Lord reminded them that the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.
Great is an understatement. Perhaps the greatest understatement when put in the context of how our Heavenly Parents feel about us. But don’t we have a hard time believing it?
We are so hard on ourselves. We battle perfectionism constantly, wondering if we’ve done enough to get by under God’s radar, let alone please Him. We heap the blame for a world of wickedness upon our tired shoulders. Living the gospel becomes all about back-breaking work that leaves us empty instead of building a fulfilling relationship with our Heavenly Father and Mother.
How can we disconnect our sense of divine worth from the daily actions of righteous living? These five ideas are a good place to start and focus both on true doctrines and practical change.
Learn More About the Nature of God
We learn in the scriptures that eternal life comes from knowing God. We can’t connect, let alone trust, someone we don’t know. Dedicate some time to study who God is and always has been. Take a look at His relationship with others and write down His attributes. As we learn about who our Heavenly Parents really are, living the gospel becomes natural and instinctive. We begin to learn by the Spirit what is best to do.
Learn More About Your Divine Nature
Sister Ardeth G. Kapp once taught, “We must remember that we did not come to this earth to gain our worth – we brought it with us.”
Sometimes we spend so much time focusing on all the ways we need to improve that we forget our inherent divine nature. If we trust in our identity as children of God, we strengthen our gospel foundation. We are able to face pitfalls and missteps without unraveling. We have more patience in the process of consecration we all have to live through.
Break the Cause & Effect Cycle
Our agency is important. The decisions we make have a continuous impact on our lives and the lives of others. But sometimes we connect too many dots. We may be righteous, working hard, and doing our best. If our circumstances aren’t ideal, however, we may feel like it is connected to what we’re doing.
Take an honest inventory of your life and the effort you’re giving, all the while extending grace to yourself. If there are changes you need to make, work on them. But recognize we live in a fallen world and sometimes we can do everything right and life can still be hard. As you build gospel habits, measure how you’re trying and how your relationship with God is growing, not in long lists.
Check Your Motivations
Why do you work so hard? Is it because you love God or is it because you’re fearful something bad will happen if you miss a step? Or maybe you want something from God and if you just work hard enough you’ll get it?
If you’re working yourself up into a frenzy for any other reason than out of love for God, it’s ok. It’s a place to start. But take a step back and try to focus on the things that really make you feel the peace of the gospel.
Study Your Patriarchal Blessing
Your patriarchal blessing can be a source of great comfort when you struggle with your sense of self-worth. Set aside some time to prayerfully read through each line. Think about what has already been fulfilled and what you can work towards. Look for specific phrases that demonstrate God loves you and trusts you.
We hope these ideas help you remember that you are of great worth. What other ways can you build yourself up? Let us know in the comments.