Throughout the years from time to time I have encountered people who make comments, joking or otherwise of how I see myself and place in this world. Do you understand what I’m saying?
Some people have a very low self esteem and as a result think they are humbling themselves before God and others. They’re really not doing any such thing!
As a child I grew up being loved, respected and encouraged to pursue my ambitions and goals! I had some GREAT people in my life who taught me that if I worked hard, trusted God and pursued my dreams that they could be a reality!
MANY of my life aspirations have become a reality! I thank God, my family and real friends for what I’ve been able to do and accomplish professionally and otherwise. So, I must make this statement because it’s how I feel and what I believe. I’m NOT down on Russ Hobbs! I don’t hate myself, I don’t dislike myself and I have a great vitality for life! I like what I’ve accomplished in life. I like who I am. Do you like who you are? If not, I think you have some issues to deal with. No ONE is perfect and I am not. I’m glad that I’m not perfect, for ONLY God is perfect and I am not He. But, I serve Him. I don’t consider myself better than anyone AND I don’t consider myself less than anyone.
I have worked for some “Christians” over the years who didn’t particularly like how I came across on certain matters or issues. I remember one fella saying to me one time that I had “delusions of grandeur” because I wanted to create a professional ministry that he didn’t particularly care for. That’s ok, he can think what he wants to think. I always thought he was pretty narcissistic in the way he came across to me and in how he treated others that he thought were less than himself.
I came across something here that I thought was worth sharing on this whole topic, here we go.
“Many define self-esteem as “feelings of worth based on their skills, accomplishments, status, financial resources, or appearance.” This kind of self-esteem can lead a person to feel independent and prideful and to indulge in self-worship, which dulls our desire for God. James 4:6 tells us that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” If we only trust in our earthly resources, we will inevitably be left with a sense of worth based on pride. Jesus told us, “You also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty”” (Luke 17:10).
This does not mean that Christians should have low self-esteem. It only means that our sense of being a good person should not depend on what we do, but rather on who we are in Christ. We need to humble ourselves before Him, and He will honor us. Psalm 16:2 reminds us, “I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”” Christians attain self-worth and esteem by having a right relationship with God. We can know we are valuable because of the high price God paid for us through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
In one sense, low-self-esteem is a form of pride. Some people have low self-esteem because they want people to feel sorry for them, to pay attention to them, to comfort them. Low self-esteem can be a declaration of “look at me” just as much as pride. It simply takes a different route to get to the same destination, that is, self-absorption, self-obsession, and selfishness. Instead, we are to be selfless, to die to self, and to deflect any attention given to us to the great God who created and sustains us.
The Bible tells us that God gave us worth when He purchased us to be His own people (Ephesians 1:14). Because of this, only He is worthy of honor and praise. When we have healthy self-esteem, we will value ourselves enough to not become involved in sin that enslaves us. Instead, we should conduct ourselves with humility, thinking of others as better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). Romans 12:3 warns, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”
Food for thought, good stuff, what do you think? I think I’m going to enjoy this day feeling very blessed and thankful to God for ALL of the blessings that he has brought into my life! I’m going to praise HIS name and lift Him up. I’m planning to move forward striving to be the best that I can with what I’ve been given to work with!
What are you planning to do with YOU TODAY?