Originally posted by whodey
How do we develop self worth or self esteem, and is it important?
It seems to me that there are two possible sources for self esteem
1. Looking inward.
2. Looking outward
Let's consider the first approach. I have watched a few Disney films an they all seem to give the same message. The message is, your value is hidden on the inside. All you need ...[text shortened]... ings are so subjective and/or ignorant, human praise and condemnation seems rather hollow to me.
Whodey, I think a good place for a person to be is to be able to change places with anyone, as long as they could know Jesus Christ the Savior.
We all have people that we cannot imagine exchanging places with.
Perhaps we are repulsed by some aspect of their circumstances.
Perhaps it is a physical abnomality or disease or something else.
If the very thought of being that person repulses us, as Christians we should consider that however low them seem to us to be Jesus Christ came in underneath ALL men and women and can uphold them.
I may not like to be paraplegic.
I may not like to be of certain ethnic or cultural backround.
I may disdain to have been a slave.
I may be repulsed at being a very rich person.
I may recoil at the thought of being born in someone else's situation.
But I would like to think that as long as I knew Jesus Christ - I could be in that place.
Here Paul said that NOTHING ... could separate him from the love of God in Christ. And if him then EACH person for whom Christ died and in whom Christ has come to live, is the same.
" For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels not principalities nor things present nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 8:29)
One day I think I'll see that I'd be willing to be anybody and change places with anybody, as long as I could know the love of God in Christ Jesus the Lord.
Our worth is eternally rooted in the inseparable love of God expressed in Christ Jesus the Lord.
"The love of God is greater far,
Than tongue or pen could ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell."