Let’s each start our own personal self-righteous campaign today, a revolution if you will. I’m not referring to some smug, hoity-toity, holier-than-thou personality shift. However, I think all us Christians could use a healthy shot of self-confidence.
No matter what your age is, you are probably under more pressure than you’d like to be under. Young children have demanding par-ents, teachers, and coaches. Tweens and teens then are thrown into the realm of peer pressure where the fear of being an outcast is a nightmare. Young adults wrestle over major life decisions such as finding a college, career, and spouse. After that it doesn’t get much easier as problematic issues can arise with your marriage, budget, family, loneliness, health, and so on.
A bad habit is to blame your personal problems on yourself, and rest in that pit of despair. You may dwell on a list of coulda, shoulda, woulda’s that do more hurt than help. In life’s difficult moments the devil will try to insert a wedge of insecurity in you by tempting you to believe that God doesn’t really love you that much. When all you hear within your own mind is “looser, failure, ugly, or worthless” you’ve got to start talking back.
So let’s start the revolution. Give yourself good reminders of how well off you really are. Let the word of God teach you how to combat low self-esteem. (Italics are mine.)
My light and momentary troubles are achieving for me an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17) I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion. (Philippians 1:6) For I am God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for me to do. (Ephesians 2:10) For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14) God knows the plans He has for me, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give me a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) There is no condemnation for me. (Romans 8:1) But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15) Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. (Psalm 136:26)