As the summer days fly by, and activities seem to fill our life with not enough time to get it all accomplished, it is sometimes easy to feel like we are not capable or worthy. The concept of self-esteem is a very important one, and I’d like to share some thoughts on this.
Self- esteem is defined as a feeling of satisfaction that someone has in himself or herself and his or her own abilities. As a Christian, viewing it from that definition can lead us to feel prideful and self-centered and independent of God. In James 4:6 we hear that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”. This does not mean that as a Christian we should have a low self-esteem. Rather, it means that our sense of being a good person should not depend on what we do, but rather on who we are in Christ. Psalm 16:2-3 tells us “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” We know we are valuable because of the high price God paid for us through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
A very simple affirming song rhyme that children learned in VBS last year says it all: ”We love, because He first loved us.”
So, let us remember each day that we are His children, He made us and He loves us.
We are capable, valuable and loveable, and with His help we can give ourselves a pep talk that says. “I am a child of God, and with Him I can grow in love and self-esteem; loveable, capable and valuable.”
With VBS right around the corner, we will see lots of affirmation of His love. I hope that you will be a part of this wonderful event in some way. The love of Christ is everywhere in this fun experience.
Two songs we sing today are part of our VBS curriculum music: Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us, and The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want. Carry them through this week and next as we launch our VBS event to share God with our children.
Please see me if you have any questions. Your whole health is important to me, and I am willing to help in any way I can. I pray for each of you as you walk life’s journey. May you always feel His love.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace