On a couple of occasions Jesus pointed to a little child as an example of the humility and faith that God seeks. It is the opposite of pride which exalts self. C.S. Lewis wrote a wonderful definition of humility in his book The Screwtape Letters. He said, God “wants to bring the man to a state of mind in which he could design the best cathedral in the world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the fact, without being any more or less or otherwise glad at having done it than he would be if it had been done by another. (God) wants him, in the end, to be so free from any bias in his own favor (pride) that he can rejoice in his own talents as frankly and gratefully as in his neighbor’s talents…” If we truly understood this it would end all striving for self esteem, give glory to God for the abilities He has given us, be able to use those abilities to the fullest for His glory, and be able to take great joy in the results. We wouldn’t have to compare ourselves to anyone else. Our value and our joy is in knowing that we are a child of God and that it is He who is working His good purpose through us.