The next time someone calls you a one-way, egotistical son of a bitch, don’t forget to thank them.
Optimism involves self-delusion, a belief that our own abilities are superior to the obstacles that logically should overcome us. How can you be any good unless you think you can accomplish what you’re not supposed to be able to accomplish?
Self esteem is about seeing your good qualities, being comfortable with your weaknesses and doing your best with what you have. If you’ve been around children’s sports in the last ten or fifteen years, you might have noticed a strange trend, there is no score-keeping.
So why have we shielded our children from experiencing losing the game or getting a “C” in math?  Self-esteem. While one could argue a lot of reasons for an increase in the use of anti-depressants, I believe our culture has defined self-esteem and the basis for it incorrectly. If you listen to our culture, it tells you that how you feel about yourself is the most important part of self-esteem, but our feelings will carry our mind and attitudes from highs to lows and back again, day in and day out. Do you see how extremes of self-esteem lead to a selfish heart and ultimately a “me” focused attitude?
In the next two lessons, I will focus on this last point a lot more, and in the last lesson, I will examine our ultimate example of someone with perfect self-esteem, Jesus Christ. About Latest Posts Erynn SprouseErynn and her husband, Jeremy serve with the Patrick Street church of Christ in Dublin, TX .
Now to be completely honest, the image that is held up as the norm, especially for women, is increasingly difficult to attain, and for good reason:  Most of those women and more and more of the men are a on a potent cocktail of Tic-Tacs and Photoshop. What I am hoping you take home from this is that none of us are not perfect, there are things that we need to work on, and that we have a good idea of what we need to fix. With low self-esteem comes not humbleness and humility, but rather self-loathing or arrogance.
Humility becomes possible with high self-esteem, because there is no fear of being revealed to be imperfect.
I believe that the main factor that determines whether a person will respond to a situation with low or high self-esteem is fear. Here are just a few examples of recent designs from the Keep Calm-o-Matic creative community. The two worst human failings, many of us were taught when we were young, are lying and bragging. In my opinion, humility is what our parents and teachers try to stuff us with when we’re six years old to make us easier to handle, but it’s unnatural. Anthony Greenwald, a psychologist at the University of Washington, sees the “egocentricity bias”—the reinterpretation of events to put ourselves in a favorable light and the belief we have more control over events than we actually do—as a sign of mental well-being. Top performers in athletics or business are always convinced they can be heroes, even if they don’t shout it from the rooftops. Please download the latest version of the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Windows Internet Explorer browser.


Please enjoy and carefully consider this first lesson in our new series on Biblical self-esteem. We must train our thoughts to anchor our self-esteem so that it is not tossed about by feelings.
There are two extremes when it comes to self-esteem, those with too much and those with too little.
She doesn’t feel like she should have to do anything for the church unless she gets the starring role and lots of recognition.
I pray that you might find these lessons encouraging and a radically different message than what you hear in our world. We are dealing with this a lot with our teenage girls at church right now and I needed this!
It has a lot of baggage from well-meaning but misguided school initiatives, 70s pop psychology, and general conceptual fuzziness. This usually leads to an inappropriate and exaggerated emotional response, and self-defeating or even self-destructive behavior.
At best, it does nothing, and at worst, it encourages narcissism or makes them confused as to what actually constitutes a good job.
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When we’re young, we’re full of the sense that we can and should be able to do almost anything.
God does not expect us to feel good about ourselves; He expects us to feel right about ourselves. The world tells you self-esteem is found in externals, looks, children, intelligence, husband, marriage, home, job, etc.  But God tells us that our self-esteem is found in the cross and what it represents. It seems that I quickly become frustrated with my family and myself, and that leads me to questioning is there a problem with me or my family. I would go so far as to suggest that you shouldn’t compare yourself to anyone based on appearance alone.
But at the end of the day, keeping Chad in my sights and Scott in my rearview doesn’t make Scott or Chad better.
Low self-esteem discourages a person from complimenting others, because he or she is afraid of being compared to them and coming up short.
There is no flipping between two extremes, because high self-esteem is a point of stability. They do the best they reasonably can, and consider excellence, not perfection, to be good enough.
The higher it is, the better you get along with yourself, with others, and the more you’ll accomplish. In fact, baseball scouts call that look “the good face,” the sense of self-confidence that radiates from winners. Most of the time feeling right about ourselves should lead us to positive thoughts, but sometimes feeling right about ourselves should lead us to repentance.


It requires constant dedication and attention to our moods with Biblical thoughts to counteract feelings. High class on Sunday mornings and leads the Children’s Bible Hour program on Sunday nights. I think a lot of poor choices that we make as women come back to believing Satan’s lies about who we are and what we should be. Once you actually spend a day paying attention to the things you say to yourself in your mind, you might be shocked at how much your feelings hurl insults at your self-worth.
You might find it odd to read a verse talking about humility of mind when self-esteem is the topic, but the two are completely intertwined.
But we should find ourselves becoming more and more like Louise and less and less like Mary and Sandy.
She is a full-time mom who homeschools their three children: Grace (8), Sophia (4), and Levi (2).
We go to therapy or take medications if we don’t (I am not talking about clinical depression!). Something described as “deceitful” and “desperately sick” in God’s word is not something we want to heed in our lives! Everything should be focused on them, their abilities, their lives, etc.  The second group has low self-esteem. Thanks so much for writing this series and helping us get back on track with a Christ-centered esteem.
You would think in the richest, most free country in the world, we would have more self-esteem than anyone else in history. The cross will tell you that you are undeserving and a sinner, that you still have things to work on that God wants to perfect in you. Although, remembering my vacation to the water park this past summer, it seems that this issue is becoming more prominent.
My husband is always amazed by our daughters’ ability to be extremely upset and sobbing one minute, then laughing and smiling the next! If only they had been prettier, a better mother, a better wife, a better whatever, then xyz wouldn’t have happened. You are a Christian woman made to serve a God who wants you to realize that you are fabulous, wonderful, and purchased at a great price so that He can make you into what He wants you to be.
She doesn’t necessarily like cleaning, but she does like helping others and the Lord’s kingdom. She knows that she is defined by more than the job she is doing tonight, so she goes about cheerfully doing what needs to be done even if no one thanks her or even notices.



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