There is such huge focus on making us feel good about ourselves these days. Everywhere I turn I see stuff like this
I know the answer to her question! Who says you're not perfect? Jesus does. That's why it was necessary to die for us. HE is perfect. Not me. See... this is the root of our self esteem issues. They revolve around SELF.
Now I know there is a real problem with bullying. I'm not minimizing it. I'm just pointing out the fact that if we place our self worth in what other people think of us... we don't stand a chance. And we are the only ones that are fully aware of how sinful we are in our own hearts, so how can we place our self worth in what we think of ourselves? When we say "I'm perfect just the way I am" not only do we know we are lying to ourselves, but we are stating that there is no room for improvement. There is always room for improvement ya know? So what is the answer? Understanding how Jesus sees us is the answer. He sees our filth, sin, pride, and still loves us. We are covered by His perfect blood. Instead of deluding our kids into telling themselves they are perfect as they are, lets teach them humility and help them to see that their perfection is found in Jesus.
Job 34:18-19 "Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,' who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?"
If we must label ourselves, instead of choosing words like these:
Lets instead focus on words like these.
Instead of wearing shirts that say this
we need shirts that say "HE loves me".
So I propose the following cure for our society's lack of self esteem:
Spend more time caring about others than worrying about ourselves.