By Jordan M. Anderson
The other day I was stopped at a red light when when the guy in the car next to me decided he wanted to race. He had an expensive, flashy car with the seats full of friends to show off to. When the light turned green his foot hit the gas and with screeching tires he shot ahead, leaving me in the dust. Me and my 2005 Mazda (which does 0-60 in about 52 seconds) didn't stand a chance.
I knew from the start that I would never beat that guy, and I didn't even try, but it wasn't my aging car that kept me from racing him. The truth is, I simply didn't care about winning.
We live in a world where everything seems to be a contest. Politicians fight for control of their governments, companies battle to have the most customers, and schools, sports teams, and other organizations strive to be the "best." And while competition isn't inherently bad, it too often spills over into our everyday lives. I know people who judge their self worth by how nice their clothes are, how many friends they have, or how many followers they have on Instagram. I know people who judge other's worth by how talented they are, what type of phone they have, or how expensive their car is. But the truth is, your worth is not determined by how fast your car is, how expensive your clothes are, or how many friends you have. Your worth is determined solely by the fact that you are a child of God. Nothing else matters.
"Your worth is determined solely by the fact that you are a child of God. Nothing else matters."
In the scriptures we learn that "all are alike unto God" and that He is "no respecter of persons." No matter who you are, what you've done, where you live, or how much money you have, God loves you the same. We learn in The Family: A Proclamation to the World that "All human beings–male and female–are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny."
Do you understand what that means? Do you understand what that is saying about who you are? You are literally the child of a GOD! And there is a piece of that godhood inside you! Yes, life may be hard for you and no, you may not have everything the world expects you to have, but by very nature you are divine and you have infinite worth!
Please don't forget that next time you see someone with something you don't have, whether it's a car, a phone, a style, a talent, or even a personality. God loves you for who you are, and you should too.
"God loves you for who you are, and you should too."
The understanding that we are children of God and that we have a "divine destiny" gives us power over our lives. When we make eternity our goal, the things of this world cease to matter. We stop caring about pleasing others and only care about pleasing God. Remember, you can still make it back to the Celestial Kingdom without ever owning the latest iPhone, driving the fastest car, being the most popular, or having the most followers. You can make it back to the Celestial Kingdom without ever performing in a talent show or having a successful career. But you can't make it back without loving God. You can't make it back without keeping the commandments. You can't make it back without understanding who you are.
So make that your highest priority. Learn about who you are. Learn about who God is and your relationship with Him. Understanding your divine nature is the first step towards not just happiness in this life, but eternal, never ending happiness in the life to come.
Lydia and Jordan Anderson grew up near Salt Lake City, Utah. After serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, they met, fell in love, and were married in August 2018. Now they spend their days working to build their eternity together and hope to help you on your own journey back to God.