Self Worth / Self Esteem!

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Self-Worth & Depreciation
Ok, family, lets get right into this…Self-esteem, Self-worth…..is frequently based on our feelings of worth in terms of our skills, achievements, status, financial resources, girl-friend, boy-friend…Hello! or physical attributes. This kind of self-esteem or self-worth often cultivates an independent and arrogant attitude…….Feel me on this… When we find ourselves not measuring up to society’s criteria…Momma’s criteria, Daddy’s criteria for worth, we suffer serious consequences!!!! Our self-worth depreciates dramatically! Ok….ok…stay with me… The illusion of being successful and admired gives way to disillusionment as our possessions and achievements that once nourished our souls fail to satisfy our appetites!!!! What!!!! Hello! I know your with me on that.. Every individual experiences basic needs — hunger, thirst, fatigue, etc. We are conditioned to satisfy these needs by getting something — food, drink, or rest. Mistakenly we conclude that by getting, BY GETTiNG….follow me…we will achieve an acceptable self-worth/esteem………ok…here we go..

Nothing depreciates self-worth faster than regret, anger, or fear. There is a great example of this in the Bible. The apostle Paul “learned the secret of living in every situation” (Philippians 4:11-13). Self-esteem is an attitude of respect for and contentment with oneself based on the recognition of one’s abilities and acceptance of one’s limitations!!

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Self-Worth and Inflation
Lets keep it in prayer…here we go…It is impossible for you to conjure up self-worth/esteem by yourself. That feeling of happiness in acquiring something is a poor substitute for the true joy of contributing!!!! Here we go, The pursuit of perfection and approval drives us steadily farther from peace and self-confidence. If we focus our attention on our worldly resources, we will inflate ourselves with pride!!! Watch this… Jesus reminds His apostles of true worthiness. “. . . The servant is not even thanked, because he is merely doing what he is supposed to do. In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are not worthy of praise. We are servants who have simply done our duty’” (Luke 17:10). A healthy self-worth is the result of remarkable life-change and understanding who we are in God’s eyes.

Change happens to all of us. We will experience physical and mental growth, personal experiences, and changing social situations that will affect our identity. Identity is a person’s sense of placement in the world — that which tethers us to our self-worth. Our identity can easily be over-inflated when our self-worth is miscalculated. It is healthy to remember, as we mature and circumstances change, that we are not bound by how other people evaluate us. “ . . . We turned our backs on him [Jesus] and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised and we did not care” (Isaiah 53:3). As the Son of God, Jesus’ self-worth was never inflated or depreciated by circumstances or those around Him. No amount of praise (inflation) or condemnation (depreciation) could alter His self-worth (Philippians 2:5-11). How then are we to achieve a life-sustaining self-worth?

Real self-worth is entirely internal. Here me on this family… It’s realizing the true source of your usefulness and value. Imagine presenting an object which you consider commonplace, even obsolete to an interested buyer. Upon careful examination, the buyer offers to purchase the item for an exaggerated price. I once “sold” my pops car….sorry dad;) (at a fair price) only to discover at a later date that there were only about 300 or so made with that engine configuration in existence! “For God bought you with a high price . . .” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

Our self-esteem needs to be based on the honor GOD gives us!!!!! Here and help me a little here! God paid a HIGH, the highest price for you, me and the world… (Psalms 8:3-5). We are a priceless treasure, the object of His infinite love (Romans 8:38-39). God’s exchange rate for our imperfect lives makes our self-worth incalculable (John 3:16)

Find the beauty in you, it’s not about what you have, but who you are! Stand tall against the pain and move forward throw the rain!!! Rev. Poe.

Once you learn to value yourself for being yourself, once you see the inherent worth in being a one of a kind work of art. Then self esteem and confidence come that much easier, because they have a solid foundation to build on.

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A Direct Action Motivational and Missions Based Ministry serving God's people where so ever dispersed!! Rev. Gerald F. Poe Jr.

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