I cannot teach self-worth.
Back when I was an active women’s advocate, the previous statement would keep me up nights. I could tell these battered women repeatedly how she did not have to stay in her situation. I could tell her how necessary her light was for this world that God created her. I could assure her that another man will want her one day but that her value is not determined by another’s desire of her. I could say all these things. And in those moments when I’m talking, I could see their heads raise a little higher, their eyes light with hope.
Days later, sometimes mere hours, most would return to the situation that led them to my presence originally.
You could tell someone all the reasons they should value themselves, but that belief in themselves has to come from inside. It is a decision they have to make. No one else can make it for them.