The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. – Carl Rogers
Knowing you’re inferior in some ways is very different from feeling inferior. For example, I know I am inferior to the owner of this Island Times financially, Hilary Clinton intellectually, to millions of women aesthetically, but knowing does not bother me at all. As the wise man in the Old Testament [Proverbs 23:7] says, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.”
Pride and arrogance are just masks to cover our feelings of inferiority.
Dr. David D. Burns, an expert in cognitive therapy says, “… your feelings do not determine your worth; neither do your thoughts or behaviors. This is the first difficult task one has to do to embrace her worth as a human being.” Your worth is within yourself by virtue of the fact that you exist. Like a $20.00 bill will retain its value even when it is crumbled and thrown away, covered with dirt, or stepped on by many. You can use it to purchase airtime.
Realizing your worth begins with accepting yourself – the good, the bad, and the uncertainties. One of the signs of self-acceptance is to own your hurts. It’s vital to know the truth about yourself and worship the true God from the very core of who you are – your heart. That’s what it means to worship in spirit and in truth. It is important to note that we do this simultaneously. We do not worship in spirit in one setting and in truth in another. We are in both at once. [This is different from “…deny yourself …and follow Me…” which is about repentance]. We need to be true to ourselves. Dr, Bruce Thompson, the founder of Youth With A Mission’s University of the Nations, noted, “Some believe a Christian should not feel hurt but this is only a super-spiritual form of suppression with the same consequence as denial.” You can’t hide behind the mask in the presence of the All-Knowing Being.
Many equate worship with singing music in church. This is one aspect of worship but worship is in no way limited to song. It is a full life response to the object of our worship. When we truly worship something, it affects the way we live, not only in one day out of the week but every day of the week.
We worship God even when we are experiencing heartache. When we worship Him, we do not forget about our hurt, but we worship even in the truth of our hurt. We also worship in joyful circumstances. We worship God based on the truth of who He is, the truth of who we are, the truth of what God does, and the truth of what is going on in our world. We worship God when our attitudes, actions, and words declare that He is worthy of our praise.
Francis Schaeffer puts it this way, “You can’t worship a true God with your false self as it is just religion.”