THE BEAUTY OF BUILDING SELF ESTEEM (1)
I welcome you to another wonderful month. In this edition we shall be examining a fundamental topic that affects a lot of teenagers today, which is the subject of Self-esteem. Nothing is more important than how you feel and think about yourself. A high opinion about yourself, who you are, what you can do or achieve and fundamentally self-love aspires you to look beyond your present state and aim higher in life.
The Bible says: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
Many people do not practice building self-esteem daily because they do not realize that it can be cultivated, no matter the experiences they might have had in life. The key to building your self-esteem is by recognizing that creating self-worth is a seed that grows if you water it.
What is Self Esteem?
According to the dictionary, self-esteem is confidence and satisfaction in oneself. It is an individual’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. Self-esteem encompasses what you believe about yourself. (for example, “I am competent”, “I am worthy”), as well as your emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride or shame. Those with high self-esteem believe that they are adequate, strong and worthy of a good life, while those with low self-esteem feel inadequate and worthless.
Building your self-esteem and creating a positive self-awareness comes from taking an inventory of your own strengths and abilities. Being at peace with who you are and what you have to offer the world is a major part in self-esteem. The value you place on yourself should not be based on what other people think, feel or say about you, what you own or do not own. Most importantly, you must understand that your confidence is from God. What should matter to you is what God says about you. What His Word says concerning you should be the basis of your self-esteem.
The Root of your Esteem
Understand that you have an identity in Christ Jesus. Revelation 1:6 says And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. evidently, we are joint heirs with Jesus and we receive this by faith. This means that you are from a royal background. You have the status of a king and a queen; whatever God is, is what you are. Whatever He can do, you can do likewise because you are a member of His family. Therefore, do not say anything negative about yourself. Your confession should be based on His promises for you in His Word.
So many teenagers in a search for identity have looked to the wrong places and sources for acceptance, help comfort or counsel. Others have gotten involved in all manner of vices such as drugs, occultism and wrong relationships. When in the real sense, they have all it takes inside of them. Your worth and value should come from your knowledge of who you are in Christ Jesus. It should never come from how you look who or what you know, what you feel or don’t feel etc.
Therefore, to exhibit that true royalty position that you possess you must learn Carry and Comport yourself as the king and queen that you are. Do you know the way you walk says a lot about your person? Those slumped shoulders and dragging feet are reflective of your mood. Restructure your walk to match and reflect God’s description of you as an heir. Learn to walk straight, walk smart and not sluggishly. Lift up your head and straighten your shoulder because your confidence is in God and not in yourself.
Therefore, to conduct yourself in a manner that reflects who you are in Christ, you must be sure of the value you carry. For anything to reflect on the outside, it must first take root from within. You first have to be a child of God before you are entitled to what he possesses.
You become His Child by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you have not asked Jesus to come into your life or may have neglected your initial love for Him, then you should say this prayer in faith:
Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me of my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life. Thank you for saving me. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name! Call or write and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org OR call 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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