I've been contemplating.... from the professional athlete to the bed-bound quadriplegic...what makes a person "worthy?" In this culture, we place too much emphasis on what we're able to DO, assigning more value to the person who can DO more. Im grateful for this time in the quiet, with limitations, as I've learned to separate worth from what one can DO. All humans come with inherent value as a part of the body of Christ. From the newborn to the dying, we're all gifts from God. We must remember that human worth is not tied to production, intelligence, athleticism, etc. Human worth is given freely to all those who are human. We're all endowed with gifts. Our culture simply needs to learn to notice.
“Unworthiness is often the greatest barrier to receiving love and pleasure. Even when someone gives us a genuine compliment, it can be hard to receive if we don’t feel equal to what’s being said. Imagine how difficult it is then to receive divine support when we don’t feel equal to the generosity of life.
Worthiness is the value, importance, and goodness that we ascribe to ourselves and to the world. But so much of what we value was inherited from our families and our culture. On the path to belonging, we must untangle our true values from our inherited, collective ideas of worth - and lack of worth - that have been woven into our beliefs.”
Excerpt from “Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home” by Toko-pa Turner (belongingbook.com)