I was recently asked, “Why don’t you post more about self-worth and knowing your own value?” My response was, and is, fairly blunt: “Self-worth” is not a doctrine. Jesus never said, “Seek out your own worth. Recognize how good you are.” He said, “Lose yourself” and “Take up your cross.” That doesn’t mean we should hate or belittle ourselves, but it certainly points us away from our incessant human yearning for validation. God says the worth of souls is great in His sight; that means if we want greater self-esteem we should more greatly esteem Him. It is our worship of Him, and not our pursuit of self-aggrandizement, that satisfies and liberates the soul, even in all its self-flattering. God said He will reveal to us our weakness, not our moral grandeur. It was knowing their own nothingness that caused King Benjamin’s people to fall in love with Christ. So, while we should not hate ourselves, it is not the burden of religion to tell its believers how righteous they are; the opposite has always been true: that they are saved through the righteousness of their Redeemer. The unending, vicious cycle of always needing emotional validation will leave us thirsting until we drink from the fountain of truth, and find our value not in words but in our relationship with Deity.