But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name (John 1:12).
HAVE YOU EVER felt inadequate and ashamed of your performance in front of others? You may be amazed to learn that almost all women have felt this way, probably more than once. This sense of failure and little personal worth is the result of having fallen from our original position of holiness into the nauseating mud of sin.
Our origin was planned in heaven, but we forget it by being immersed in an imperfect world. We get carried away by human parameters and suffer in shame with what they tell us’ to be. Our origin tells us that we are the workmanship of God (see Ephesians 2: 10); however, many times the voices we hear in our environment tell us otherwise, that we are the fruit of chance and that its chance that rules our lives. Don’t believe it.
I remember, with almost photographic precision, one day, when I was fourteen years old, and someone very close to me made a comment about my thin legs, calling them «threads.» Now, I know that hearing something like this when you’re a teenager, when the ultimate search is identity, can be devastating. On this planet made up of imperfect human beings, things like this are common. Listening to parents call their children «dumb,» «useless,» or «incapable;» or husbands calling their wives «unattractive,» «not motivated,» «fat,» or «clumsy,» is more frequent than we think, and can leave indelible traces on the personality of those women who perhaps sit next to you on the church pew.
It’s time to raise your head with the strength of dignity, which is God’s legacy to His creatures. Living worthily isn’t running over the other person to demand your rights; nor means seeing others as enemies to be defeated. It’s simply looking at yourself through God’s eyes and, through them, asking for what you know belongs to you; making decisions that safeguard your integrity and identity.
Being a daughter of God is a treasure of great value and isn’t given up for anything or anyone. A person: value isn’t defined by human sciences, God defines it. Living with dignity means understanding this perfectly well, and applying it to your life, both in your self-concept and in your relationship with others.