Last weekend, I was honored to give a short testimony at the first Feast Valle Verde JEWELS gathering. JEWELS is a ministry for women, and it stands for Jesus in Every Woman, Empowered to Love and Serve. The talk that day was given by my friend and sister in Christ Ichel Alignay, and it was about “Women of Worth.”
Ichel reminded us all of the importance of focusing on who we are in Jesus, and I am so grateful that she did. Every person needs to remember this actually, but I think women especially need to hear this message:
Self-worth is the sense of acceptance of who you are — both strengths and weakness.
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them [a scholar of the law] tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” So self-love is NOT selfish. Self-care is NOT unimportant.
We also need to remember that our worth is NOT based on what we can do, nor on what we have. Our worth is based on our identity in Jesus. It is based on our being His, not on our doing.
I need to be reminded of this often, because I tend to put my worth in what I do, and not who I am. Because of this, I sometimes say “yes” to tasks even if I am already fully loaded. Perhaps you need this reminder too, today, or in the days to come. Please pray for me as I pray for all of you, dear members of the Truly Rich and Blessed community! (I consider all my readers as members of the community!)