I have been thinking a lot about the concepts of
self-worth / self-esteem / self confidence
God / humility / the image of God in us.
I have not yet come to a conclusive answer;
however, here are my thoughts thus far.
God made us and
everything that is good come from God (as St. James says).
God gave us abilities; we are not to deny them.
Despair tells us we are no good, that there is no hope, no future, nothing for us.
So humility cannot mean the denial of hope, future
or that we are somehow worthless,
no good nothings
as would be said in some unknown hillbilly type place.
How to learn to acknowledge that we have good in us and that the good is from God.
Sometimes I get tired of my North American culture
and how tied I am to this culture.
A culture that can be naval-gazing and tripped up on too much introspection.
But that is where I am and
this is where God has placed me to work out my salvation.
I know more of the answers that I need to incorporate into this situation.
1. Memory of God.
Mindfulness of God. Remembering what God has done for us.
Remembering to Praise God.
Becoming Deeply Thankful.
2. Practice the virtues as you know them
as in where you are at.
Kill self-pity. Forsake pride.
Love as best you can
and ask for God's mercy and help.