Series Title: Pride
Low Self-Esteem Is Not The Problem – It Is The Goal!
Update (January 21, 2013)
After re-thinking this post I realize the title is a bit ridiculous. However, it does catch the imagination. . . LOL . . . It is true that low self-esteem is NOT the problem; but it certainly is not the goal either….
As some of you know I have been asking God how to “humble myself”? He has told me that is my responsibility and if I will do my part He will do His. So far I have learned:
1) Learning to turn the other cheek is huge. (I believe this is of utmost importance and if you can’t learn to “turn the other cheek” you can forget about the rest – just my opinion).
2) In the scripture the concept of humbling oneself was usually connected to a burden of some sort. So I believe to “humble myself” will also involve having compassion for others and feeling their pain – to truly have a burden for lost souls and anyone who is in need.
3) Yesterday, I was thinking about how society wants to elevate the idol of self-image. They will often refer to the scripture where Jesus said in Luke 10:27 that we should love God with all our heart, soul and strength and our neighbor as ourselves – followed with the statement; “see God wants us to love ourselves.” In my opinion, that is a twisted view of scripture.
Let’s examine it for a moment. If most people truly do have low self-esteem then why would our Lord choose such a flimsy and low standard for loving others? It would be like Him telling us since we don’t think much of ourselves – you don’t need to worry about having a high regard for others either. How dumb is that interpretation?
On the contrary I believe our Lord selected the one thing in our lives that NEVER CHANGES — our love for ourselves. I believe it is impossible for you or I to love ourselves any more OR less than we already do. Our self-love is designed by God and built into our nature and is the one constant in all of our lives — no matter what the cultural hypnosis of the day is telling us.
I believe the definition of humility before God is to love our neighbor as ourself and to love God above all. Since learning this, I now understand the goal of humility is NOT to love oneself less, but rather to love others more.