In Which Self Worth is Everything

Like many others I know, I struggle with feeling that I am insignificant, that my life doesn’t matter in the slightest. I feel this way most when I think about space and all of the things we might find out there, in knowing how big the universe really is.

Well this morning I read a talk that fully addresses that. I feel the need to share this talk with you and discuss how it impacted me.

Many of you might know that I am LDS. Every six months, we hold a conference where our leaders talk about gospel principles and doctrines. This talk is from the October 2011 Conference and it’s called “You Matter to Him” By Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf. You can read/watch/listen to the full talk here .

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The talk focuses on the great paradox, how we are so insignificant in comparison to everything else out there, but also how we are more significant than we could ever imagine. I mean think about it. On the one hand, there are many galaxies out there and we don’t even know what’s in our own, yet. We can only just comprehend the size of the universe, and even that is changing rapidly.

Add this to the fact that I am only one of 7 billion people on this planet alone. How can that tiny section of a world matter at all in the great scheme of things?

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This is just a small glimpse of what could be out there.

But, the one thing this talk emphasized is that we are worth more than we can comprehend on our own. I believe in a greater power that loves us unconditionally for who we are and what we can become. Yes, we have wars and hatred and death, but think of the good we are all capable of. Think of people like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Pope Francis. Think of those who come to the rescue during terrible attacks and remind us that not everyone is like this.

Think of people like this:

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Carlos Arredondo helped emergency responders tear down barricades at the Boston Marathon Bombing so that they could reach the wounded. He also saved one man’s life by holding his severed artery closed all the way to the ambulance. He has devoted his life to peace activism and has likely saved many others.

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John Green (and his brother Hank, pictured below) started Vlogbrothers in 2007, which fostered one of the most awesome communities on this earth: Nerdfighters. They host the Project for Awesome, which raised over 800,000 for charity last year. They also have multiple channels in which they educate and inform the public on important matters like history, literature, biology and chemistry. John has written 5 books, the most recent being The Fault in Our Stars, which has been on the New York Times Bestselling list for a least a year. This book has inspired and I would venture as far to say it has even saved some from believing they are worthless and should not exist anymore. I want to be like him when I grow up.

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Hank Green started vlogbrothers in 2007 and has since addressed incredibly important issues, such as why gay people shouldn’t be treated differently, complexity of gender, not being a fartbag, and the good news in the world. He has also helped create Crash Course (an educational YouTube series), The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Sci Show, Hank Games, Sexplanations and likely other series. He is also the reason Vidcon exists (which is a YouTube conference where famous YouTubers meet and hang out with their fans and other creators).

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Malala Yousafzai is an activist for women’s education. She is wanted by the Taliban for speaking up against the ban of girls attending school in Swat Valley. She has made numerous appearances on TV shows speaking on her cause and even visited the president to speak on the issue and ask for his support. She is 16.

And many others. The reason we are so great in God’s eyes is because we all have the potential to become like this, to become great and powerful forces in the grand scheme of things. We have such great potential that we can do anything and often surprise ourselves with what we end up doing.

If you aren’t religious, think about it this way: your effect on the world is gradual and passed on. For everyone you end up helping, they have the capacity and ability to turn around and help others. Your kindness could be what the next great activist needs to go for and speak up for the downtrodden.

I know I struggle with feeling like I am making an impact. But then, I think of people like those I mentioned above who used to be everyday people. But then, they took a chance. They went out and did something great and it turned into something greater than they could even imagine. God knows this and hopes for it in all of us.

And that is why we are greater than we could ever imagine.

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