Social media — it’s intriguing, fascinating, and time-consuming. It’s fun, connects us and fosters interaction from almost anywhere in the world. Social media really is amazing. However, it also seems to act like a double-edged sword — in that it’s the modern mirror. And whether or not we’re really conscious of it, we’re sharing our mirror — our sense of self-worth — with tens, hundreds, and for some, even thousands of people a day.
Although I find tools like Twitter and Facebook are amazing, they also require watching carefully. They seem capable of influencing my thought very quickly. In this way, I find social media forces me to turn to God in prayer, and often. Of course turning to God is good for anyone — even if it’s to defend ourselves.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Seeing your self-worth the way God does — you’re priceless
Being social is deeply enriching and holy. It’s a wonderful way to express love, understanding, and openness with friends, family, and your community. But when thoughts come to us that makes us look at ourselves in ways that makes us feel like we’re lacking compared to others, or worse — if these thoughts are self-condemning — this needs guarding against. Learning to see yourself the same way God, divine Love, sees you — with eternal, unconditional love, as well as holy compassion — may be new to you. But seeing yourself in this uplifting way isn’t difficult, nor is it something we should procrastinate doing — Jesus admonished us to “Watch (Mark 13:37).”
To do so — simply, we pray — persistently acknowledging ourselves as God’s loved and holy ideas. We actually have scriptural authority to see ourselves as God’s children — as perfect and complete ideas!
What is more, your self-worth comes from God’s worth because the Bible says you and I are the ‘image and likeness” of God.[footnote]Genesis 1:26-27[/footnote] We reflect God — and all of our goodness, purity, holiness comes from God’s very being. And because God is Truth, Life , and Love, God’s being (and creation) could never include anything unholy or unworthy.
Analogy: You know those aluminum cans that can get redeemed for 10 cents? They are exchangeable for money because a deposit is paid when they’re purchased. This deposit presets their worth and sets the price they’re worth when exchanged. Similarly, the same goes for us — our worth is preset by God! And because our worth comes from God, infinite good — our worth is priceless and God sees us as worthy beyond anything humanly measurable.
Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
…My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
—Psalms 71:21, 23
You’re already redeemed — forever worthy, eternally good
Many people made mistakes at some point. From our view some mistakes might seem worse than others. The good news is that God, divine Love, doesn’t judge the same way we do. God sees us the way we were made—eternally. In fact the Bible says God is “…of purer eyes than to behold evil.”[footnote]Hebrews 1:12-13[/footnote]
But one big suggestion that needs refuting is that we’re all just born, and stuck, as sinners. The fact is, as Christ Jesus proved, we’re holy, good, and loved. He showed us through his magnificent, unparalleled healing ministry that our redemption and worth is an eternal truth. He also proved there is both a science and a divine Principle behind this fact. This truth, the Christ or divine idea, redeems us from the claim of sin, and the exchange that occurs causes us to understand, and prove, our eternal goodness by overcoming and destroying sin.
Practically speaking, understanding the way God sees us, as Her perfect spiritual idea, gives us incentive to realize where our worth really comes from as the image and likeness of God, Spirit. Understanding this fact gives us a greater sense of the eternal and infinite nature of good and goodness. It gives us reason to not be afraid of mistakes, sin, sickness, nor any kind of danger. We’re supported by God’s loving power and protection. And our worth, even our self-worth is unchangeable because God’s goodness is eternally holy.
God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil.” We sustain Truth, not by accepting, but by rejecting a lie.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p.357:4
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba![a]Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness[b] with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
—Romans 8:15-17 (NRSV)[footnote]New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.[/footnote]