The Foundation of Self-Esteem 

Since high school I’ve been on a journey of ‘increasing my self-esteem’.   I used to stand on the fact that I was a dairy woman, I was a dairy cattle owner, I was a past dairy princess and I held ‘all these leadership positions’ etc. to build my self-esteem.  I looked to all of my achievements to build and hold myself up.  I looked to all of my skills, talents and capability in dairy too.  I also looked to my relationships to build me up.  And I have read numerous articles, read different books, gone to qualified counselors, listened to wise people, and to numerous inspirational speakers, videos etc.  However I believe that the key I was missing up until recently is the fact that self-esteem without a firm foundation in my faith is unfounded.  It is only with a firm foundation that I can thrive!  I am overjoyed to know and understand this now!!  God’s plan for me is who I hope to be.  I can only know that plan and have self-esteem when I am standing on Him.

“We are all starved for the glory of God, not self.  No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem.  Why do we go?  Because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self. Indeed, what could be more ludicrous in a vast and glorious universe like this than a human being, on the speck called earth, standing in front of a mirror trying to find significance of his own self image?  It is a great sadness that this is the gospel of the modern world.

The Christian Gospel is about “the glory of Christ,” not about me.  And when it is —in some measure—about me, it is not about my being made much of by God, but about God mercifully enabling me to enjoy making much of him forever.”

John Piper, ‘Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ’  (pages 15-16)

Today I praise God because I can rejoice and rest in my relationship with Him!!!  My significance, my self-esteem, and my confidence comes from above!  And hear me out—I am not done building my foundation for self-esteem, I have to be reminded daily that this will be on-going for all my days on this earth.


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