"All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." These words of Jesus, known by many as the "Golden Rule," are sometimes paraphrased as "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Or even more simply, "Love your neighbor as yourself." However we know this rule, the essential meaning is always the same: Treat other people—and care for them—in the way you wish to be treated. We are genuinely to love, be deeply interested in, considerately regard and appreciate, our fellowman.

The question, then, naturally arises, "Yes, I can love my neighbor this way, but what about consistently, genuinely loving myself? Do I really warrant such interest, considerate regard, and deep appreciation?"

As God's creation, as His beloved idea, you do. You are actually His reflection, expressing all the goodness attributed to God. This unchangeable relationship to God, rather than the world's opinion, is your true source of identity and self-esteem. What could have more value than God, the All-in-all—and God's reflection? This spiritual reflection is really the highest sense of identity and self-esteem, and through a better understanding of it, you find that you can love both your neighbor and yourself.

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Finding our true value
August 24, 1992

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