Are You Worthy?
It seems in life we are always trying to prove ourselves worthy. We let our flaws, downfalls, mistakes, etc. keep us from being vulnerable and stop us from standing in our own truth because we feel we may be judged or deemed less meritorious.
Recently, I listened to a World War II survivor speak about a mission during the war in which all of his comrades died in an attack and left him as the lone survivor. Since that day many years ago, he suffered from survivor’s remorse. It left him wondering “Why me?” He began to believe that being spared meant his life was no longer his own; that he had to prove he was worthy of being spared. His solution: he began a life of service, and each time he served the community in any capacity, it made him feel good. But he still never really felt “worthy.”
“I don’t know about you, but it’s the idea that I’m not measuring up that gets me. I’m constantly worrying and wondering and feeling like I am failing because everywhere I look, everyone else seems to be thriving.” – from Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Year of Yes has become one of my very favorite books. If you’re not familiar or haven’t read it, the book chronicles how writer and television producer Shonda Rhimes began to say yes and how it changed her life. In the passage above, do you see what she did there? In seeking a level of worthiness for herself, she was so busy looking at what others were doing, she neglected to find the worthiness she sought right there inside of herself.
It’s not in our deeds or in measuring ourselves against others that proves us worthy. We are the ones who should be telling ourselves we are worthy. As divine beings, we are already worthy and enough in God’s eyes. It would be a shame not to acknowledge what the grand maker of the entire world already knows about us.
Hi, it’s me, Janine Lattimore and I want to inspire and encourage you to #keepgoing! Based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, and among the many other hats I wear, I’m a writer, mother and Editor in Chief for Classy Living Society, a women’s only national community service organization. I’m here to share philosophy, inspiration, humor, a bit of inside info and tidbits I learned along life’s beautiful journey. Welcome!