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.