I've never really suffered from terribly low self-esteem...until my two youngest girls became young adults.
It is one of the most joyful and lonely feelings I've ever had. I was one person in the sea of hundreds and though we were all focused on Jesus we were strangers lost in our own thoughts and personal salvation.
Simplicity is a goal that either takes great concentration and effort or becomes a necessity. Mine has become the latter. It was not a great way to begin the year.
Whether these people believe in the same God I do, or not, is beside the point. My God believes in them.