We were reminded in church today that each person is divine and eternal. Too often daily life gets in the way and we don't think about the bigger picture -- that God has a plan for each of us.
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee -- Jeremiah 1:5
God knows us; He's always known us. He knows what we fear, what we love, what brings us joy, and what brings us pain. He knows how we will react in any situation.
...the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. -- 1 Samuel 16:7
We tend to judge ourselves harshly, but we also tend to judge others harshly. Our judgments of others usually stem from either pride or insecurities in ourselves. God judges our hearts. Are they in the right place, in spite of our flaws? Do we practice what we preach? When we need guidance and help, do we turn to the One with all the answers, or do we think we can carry the load alone?
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. -- Matthew 23:12
God would have us love others and love ourselves. We should believe in our personal value -- Jesus showed us that He believes in it when He placed our eternal lives above His earthly life.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. -- John 15:13
A person can possibly have a decent life experience working for and achieving worldly goals; or, a person can have an outstanding, joyful, beyond-comprehension-experience, by fully comprehending and living up the life of a child of God.
Author C.S. Lewis stated: "It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship. There are no ordinary people... Your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses."