Carol Round on When We Don’t Feel Worthy

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created”—Revelation 4:11(NASB). 

Working at one of our church’s many ministries, I get to meet and assist many people who need our services. At our west campus, we offer a free clothes closet, which gets the most traffic. In addition, we offer other assistance, including providing household goods for those in need of items we often take for granted—silverware, glasses, plates, and other small kitchen items.

Recently, a woman requested assistance with household items, specifically dishes, cooking pots, and drinking glasses. After one of our volunteers gathered the necessities, the young woman carried the boxed supplies to her vehicle.

She sat in her car for a few minutes and then reappeared at the door with the free items she’d requested. “I’m not worthy,” she told the person who had helped her. After handing the items over, she left.

I’m Not Worthy

When we discussed among ourselves why she’d returned what was so freely given, one of our volunteers spoke up, “She must have low self-esteem.”

I could relate. As a child, and then later as a teenager and into adulthood, I struggled with low self-esteem. My solution was to become a people-pleaser. Only then did I feel worthy.

I became an over-achiever, seeking perfectionism, which only added to my feelings of not being worthy enough. In my professional life and in my personal life, my striving to be perfect only made me more aware of my shortcomings. That is, until Jesus set me free.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Carol Round