Never inferior, always worthy

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

The first chapter in the Bible relates that God created us in His own image. It doesn’t say that some “images” are better than others, but “in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them,” with no exceptions. To me, this means that all of God’s ideas reflect Him and were created with equal capacities for good, creativity, purpose, and value.

This is a lesson I had to learn for myself. I grew up with two very talented brothers: one a concert violinist who also had a magnificent baritone voice, the other an interior designer, gourmet cook, and artist. My mother was also an accomplished artist. How about me? Well, I played the piano but was never great. Mostly, I felt inadequate. The constant comparisons I made, coupled with the fact that my dad left our family when I was seven, diminished my self-worth for many years.

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