I have a strong belief, as I am sure many of you do too, that Satan's number one weapon against women is to get us to destroy our own self worth.
How many times do we tell ourselves.."if only I could...(lose some more weight...be more athletic...be taller...be shorter...dress more trendy...change my nose...be more talented...make my ears stick out less.......the list can go on and on....) Somehow we can always find someone in our lives that we see as completely perfect and we say to ourselves "If only I could be like her" We have days that we feel we are ugly and that we are not good at anything. We truly convince ourselves that there is absolutely nothing good about us. If the thoughts we had about ourselves were said out loud by our best friend or our husband, it would break our heart that they think that about themselves. We would know it wasn't true and would want to show them why it wasn't true. But with ourselves we are not kind. We are not compassionate or understanding. We are not as forgiving. Do you find it as incredible as I do that, although we know these thoughts are inflamed by Satan and that Heavenly Father has told us they are not true, we listen to them anyway? Why are they false about others but true about ourselves? I think one of the problems we have is the "all or nothing" concept. We only have a particular talent if we are the best at it. We are only beautiful if everything about ourselves is perfect(which is kind of funny because we know none of us are). We really think things consist of having it all or we have none of it. President Hinckley said "You need never feel inferior. You need never feel you were born without talents or without opportunities to give them expression. Cultivate whatever talents you have, and they will grow. …try a little harder to measure up to the divine within each of you.” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 1995) He also said "I am suggesting that we "accentuate the positive." I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good"(Ensign July 2001) If we want to see what is wrong with ourselves we will! Elder Holland said "I plead with you....to please be more accepting of yourselves, including your body shape and style, with a little less longing to look like someone else. We are all different. Some are tall, and some are short. Some are round, and some are thin. And almost everyone at some time or other wants to be something they are not!.....“You can’t live your life worrying that the world is staring at you. When you let people’s opinions make you self-conscious you give away your power. … The key to feeling [confident] is to always listen to your inner self—[the real you.]” And in the kingdom of God, the real you is “more precious than rubies.”" A friend of mine asked her husband if he thought Heavenly Father weeps sometimes because of the way she thinks about herself and he told her "I know He does, because I do" If only we could see ourselves the way the Lord sees us, if only we could see the woman we have the opportunity to become. At this time, we can't. But if we can trust in the Lord and believe Him when He says we have Divine Worth, that we are valued above anything else. We can focus on "Becoming the woman of whom I dream" (Gordon B. Hinckley Ensign May 2001) instead of what we aren't. I know that we are more beautiful than we think we are. We are more talented than we give ourselves credit for. We are His daughter.
I say that in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.