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“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the LORD….But blessed are those who trust in the LORD, and have made the LORD their hope and confidence” (Jeremiah 17:5-10, Application Bible).
The Bible speaks of two kinds of people: those who trust in mankind and those who trust in the LORD to meet their needs. One of the most basic needs is to feel significant. To know we are loved. We have value. We matter to someone.
Where do you go to bolster your self-esteem?
Most of us look to people to give us the validation we need: to parents, teachers, husbands, friends. We gauge our self-worth by what they say about us. How they treat us.
But if we depend on people to give us the love and validation we crave, we’ll be disappointed. Jeremiah tells us we’ll be like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. We’ll look over a barren wilderness landscape where no one lives.
We need to build our self-worth on what God says about us: “I love you. I redeemed you. I call you by name.” Why? “Because you are precious and honored in my sight” (Isaiah 43:1-4).
If we feed on God’s truths we’ll be like trees planted beside a stream with roots deep in the water. Such trees are not bothered by heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.
“Focus not on your capacity, but on your connection to God,” writes Millie Dienert.
That’s where true self-worth comes from.
Dear God, I do believe that you love and value me. Take hold of my emotions so that I will not only believe it with my head, but feel it with my heart. Amen.
Questions: What do you base your self-worth on? Why will we be disappointed if we base our self worth on what others say about us?
About the Author Helen Grace Lescheid