You may be living with low self-esteem, thinking you’re not worth much. But listen to this: “You are of great worth to God, your Father. You are his child and he wants you to get the most out of life.” This is something you need to believe. The writings you’ll find here will help you see the possibilities life could be holding for you. I’m a firm believer that every life can have meaning. In big ways or in small ways.

How can we lift ourselves up? How can we lift up the people we care about? Surely it must be possible for a person who looks down on herself to change and become more self-assured. The very fact that I wrote this book shows that I believe it is. Yes. With God’s help and your faith, it is. Even when others don’t respect us, we can learn to respect ourselves. We can learn to think more positively about ourselves.

The stories in this book feature some of the greatest figures of modern history. Yet they came into the world as babies just like you and me. They were not born great. They grew to be that way as they found their way in the world and became adults.

What these people had in common was that they saw injustices in the world that bothered them intensely. Some of them became so angry about the wrongs they witnessed that they decided to do something about it. They realized they probably would not be able to correct things on their own, but they did know they could start the process that would make change occur. They did whatever they personally could.

And so, you will see Mother Teresa giving aid to the poorest of the poor in Calcutta ((Kolkata). William Wilberforce helped bring an end to the Atlantic Slave Trade in Britain. And Martin Luther King Jr worked hard, giving his life to bring an end to racial segregation in the U.S. Each of them had qualities that helped them grow into individuals with the desire and ability to overcome injustice.

What can you learn from these giants of history? Do you see even a small amount of yourself reflected in these people? Their passion for justice? Their desire to make the world a better place for those who are suffering? I’m sure that many of you will.

Ask God to help you recognize all the good you have inside you. Trust him to help you grow. Give him free reign to work in you. You may be surprised at what life could hold.

This has been Part 3 of the Series A Life Worth Living. Read Part 4 Heroes