HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY YOURSELF?

In continuing this series on self-esteem, there’s something to address that most of us don’t think about when it comes to our value. As Christians, we’re expected to live with humility – not focusing on the good things we do – placing others before ourselves. So, when it comes time to write a resume’ for a job or a short bio on what we’ve achieved, we become stymied. Not because we don’t have things in our lives to be proud of, but because we don’t want to appear as if we’re boasting.

The church I grew up with was one that scared the bejeebers out of me. Our elderly pastor would rise the steps to the pulpit of our beautiful, Gothic architectural designed church. With each step, I could feel my heart begin to pound, because I knew the words he had planned for the day, were designed just for me. By the time he started talking, I knew I was destined to an eternity in hell. The final sentence would carry the quiet proclamation that by the grace of God I was saved. I rarely heard that part of the sermon, so most of my early life was spent feeling like I didn’t have a chance for salvation. Unfortunately, those early events in life can actually shape our relationship with our Heavenly Father. It took years before I realized what grace was all about. I needed God’s unconditional love, because I didn’t think I was worthy of anything.

Is it wrong to toot our own horn? Should we be quiet about our accomplishments? The world tells us to use our successes to produce more success. In the Broadway show, “How to Succeed in Business Without Trying,” the hero of the story made his way to the top by doing just that. It doesn’t take much skill to lie about yourself. It certainly seems to be the way to hit the top of the ladder but is that really how we want to live?

God has created each life to be unique and special. Each of us has a purpose. Each of us is part of the body of Christ. When one piece of that giant puzzle leaves the body, it doesn’t function the way it should. We’re all part of something greater than us, which makes us necessary. If you think you’re not important remember that fact. The things you’ve accomplished will continue to be blessed by God, when you realize that He’s the One responsible for those achievements. Don’t forget to thank Him for that.

I am but a speck – a dot – an insignificant piece of the puzzle.
My presence on this planet is nothing in comparison to others.
I will be remembered for no great accomplishments in the world’s eyes –
no wondrous deeds of charity towards my fellow man.
My life, though inconsequential, holds value beyond compare.
My riches consist of God’s everlasting love – Jesus’ forgiveness and the presence of the Holy Spirit within my heart. I would say I have it all
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Kathy Boecher

About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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5 Responses to HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY YOURSELF?

  1. ken riddles says:

    Thank you Excellent and encouraging…❤️

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks Ken. This has been on my heart for a long time. I hope I can encourage those who need encouraging right now.

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  2. Rebecca says:

    I recently lost a friend at church that served in a children’s group that I work with. She was an encourager who spurred others on to good works. Her absence leaves a hole and her presence is missed by many, though I don’t think that her humility would have ever foreseen that. Thanks for sharing this series. I am really enjoying it.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. She sounds like a perfect example of how Jesus wants us to live.

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  3. I love your described growing up experience in the church, and that God used that too to show you his true picture of grace. All of our accomplishments, and gifts are definitely from God. 1 Corinthians 4:7

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