‘You are precious to Me. You are honoured, and I love you.’ Isaiah 43:4 NLT
Are you able to look in the mirror today and say, ‘Thank You Lord, You did a good job?’ If you can’t, you’re in danger of settling for anyone who can give you what you’re incapable of giving yourself-a sense of worth! You’ve got to find a healthy balance somewhere between martyrdom and narcissism. Until you do, everybody else’s needs and opinions will be more important than yours. When that happens, you end up resentful and living without things you don’t have enough self-esteem to ask for, because you don’t think you deserve them.
If you don’t believe in yourself and respect your own opinions, you’ll finish up living to please everyone else. One wrong look or one critical word from them and you’ll say, ‘I’ll never do that, say that, or wear that again.’ Talk about feeling worthless and insecure! Thank God you don’t have to live that way. Peter writes, ‘The God of all grace…[will make you]…perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.’ (1 Peter 5:10 NKJV) God wants to give you a sense of self-esteem-built on His esteem. Will you let Him? Once others have heard you sing confidently, they’ll want to hum along. Just make sure they’re in harmony when they do. You train others to treat you by how you treat yourself. The buyer will pay no more than the seller demands.
So go to God today, ask Him to tell you who you are and what you’re worth. He will say, ‘You are precious to Me. You are honoured, and I love you.’ That’s God’s opinion-make it yours!
SoulFood: Jm 1-2, Matt 13:10-23, Ps 67, Pr 4:1-2
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012