In my day, we didn’t have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.
~ Jane Haddam
God loves all who hate evil,
And those who love him he keeps safe,
Snatches them from the grip of the wicked.
~ Psalm 97:10
Self -esteem, seems to me, to be an entitlement. Self-respect -something that we are responsible for procuring, not a given right, not something we are entitled to, but something in which we are actively participating to achieve.
In looking in the dictionary, it would seem that one is a part of the other’s definition, explanation, but it the world of education, self-esteem is often a part of the curriculum, and there is little or no emphasis on keeping one’s eye on the Lord. (I was being VERY optimistic here!)
When one focuses on oneself, all others fall by the wayside, when one focuses on the Lord and has one’s being by living and moving in Him, one cannot help but do things for others, spread joy, lend a hand or an ear. As one focuses on the Lord, the self is fed without a constant focus on oneself. I am not saying that one shouldn’t take stock of one’s situation regularly and look at goals and health, etc.
I am saying that the healthy balance comes through the lens of Jesus Christ. There is a built in check list for worthiness, grace, mercy. It all begins with Jesus, and ultimately ends with Jesus.
And every single situation is colored by God’s love for us.
Today, let your eyes, ears and heart be filled with the love of God, the direction of Jesus, the kindness you wish someone would show you.
Because of Him,