What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is the collection of beliefs or feelings we have about ourselves, and these self perceptions can be formed through our environment, experiences whether good or bad, body image, and even standards that we set too high for ourselves. Jesus came out of a bad environment when he came out of Nazareth; In fact Nathanial asked the question…can any good thing come out of Nazareth? the answer to that question was yes, because Jesus came out of a bad environment with a healthy self image, and because he is our perfect example…we can come out with a healthy self-esteem also. False beliefs occur because of negative thoughts and beliefs one believes about themselves, so one must be careful who they let speak into their life. The greater the love and trust of another individual, the greater the belief of what that persons says. How many children have grown into adults believing that they will never amount to anything, or be anybody of significance because of what a parent or a trusted love one has said. We also believe ourselves more than anyone, so we must stay away from negative self talk because we can be harder on ourselves than anyone; so that the standards that we set for ourselves…can, and must be balanced and achievable.Early in life children need to learn the importance of persistence until success happens, because to fail, and give up, sets one up for a failure mentality which leads to low self-esteem. One of the most important cures for a low self-esteem is to understand that God believes in you. The gifts and callings of God are irrevocable and because God is all knowing in his omniscience…he knew in advance that you and I were going to blow it, but he still believed in us to the point that he did not take his gifts talents, and abilities. He simply waits with patience on us to be what he knew before the foundation of the world that we could become.Remember… believe in yourself because God believes in you!

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