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by: Steve Fawcett

10/21/2021

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    I can remember a time when our youngest son, Mike, was in kindergarten. He brought home a paper from school to fill out and bring back.  He was to fill out his name, things he likes to do and then this question: ‘I am special because:’.  So, I asked:  ‘Mikey, what do you think, you are special because…’    He answered, ‘because God loves me’!      I said: ‘that’s right’, and then I thought to myself, why didn’t I think of that.  That was the best answer because it is true and it is something that cannot be taken away from you.  

   If you base your self-esteem on your natural good looks or on your job, or talents, or money or car or girlfriend or boyfriend or someone else, watch out.  All those things can be taken away from us.

       But the good basis for guarding our self-worth, the only sure foundation for a rock solid self-worth is one that is based on the incredible and never-ending love of God.  This is also why I don’t usually counsel self-esteem, although I use the phrase because that’s what most people can relate to, but I counsel grace esteem.  I esteem God’s amazing grace lavished on me because of who He is and His love and thus who I am because of Him, this cannot be taken away from me regardless of my circumstances.

     Self-esteem is the best the world can offer, they don’t know of anything beyond that, but there is.

    I can remember a time when our youngest son, Mike, was in kindergarten. He brought home a paper from school to fill out and bring back.  He was to fill out his name, things he likes to do and then this question: ‘I am special because:’.  So, I asked:  ‘Mikey, what do you think, you are special because…’    He answered, ‘because God loves me’!      I said: ‘that’s right’, and then I thought to myself, why didn’t I think of that.  That was the best answer because it is true and it is something that cannot be taken away from you.  

   If you base your self-esteem on your natural good looks or on your job, or talents, or money or car or girlfriend or boyfriend or someone else, watch out.  All those things can be taken away from us.

       But the good basis for guarding our self-worth, the only sure foundation for a rock solid self-worth is one that is based on the incredible and never-ending love of God.  This is also why I don’t usually counsel self-esteem, although I use the phrase because that’s what most people can relate to, but I counsel grace esteem.  I esteem God’s amazing grace lavished on me because of who He is and His love and thus who I am because of Him, this cannot be taken away from me regardless of my circumstances.

     Self-esteem is the best the world can offer, they don’t know of anything beyond that, but there is.

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