Jul 17, 2013

Wednesday in the Word-Self Worth



As women, so many of us find ourselves:
Basing our self-worth on how others see us and on our accomplishments
Defining our value based on our looks
Pleasing everyone on the home front, the family, co-workers, friends and even the church community.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. If only we could see ourselves as God sees us!

We say to ourselves: “I must be loved or approved by  every significant other person in my life and all my accomplishments must be great".

 

The Truth is: If we are living to make sure that others love us, we give them permission to evaluate us based on what we do – we give people the power to determine our self-worth.

We think: If ONLY I had her hair, her height, her weight, her skin, her clothes and etc. then I would be perfect.



The Truth is: If God had intended for us to look like HER He would have made all women to look alike. We have been fashioned and designed by the Master Craftsman to look like WHO we are.
 
We think: I must please everyone every waking second of my day. 



The Truth is: People pleasing goes back to basing our self-worth on the expectations of others! If we are truly His servants, then our primary goal will be to please God first, not others.

We as Christians tend to often live within our comfort zone in order to avoid confrontation, aiming never to give offence or get angry, and then becoming over-responsible. We doubt our self-worth, and because we have a desperate need for approval, fear to say, “No.” Because we believe love and acceptance is earned we live under the lie that we need to do something to gain the love and acceptance of God. But God’s love is unconditional; freely given, through the Lord Jesus, as a gift of grace.

What we think about ourselves will ultimately become a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

Let me pray for us all now ladies: Dear Father God, I do want to please You. Forgive me for the times I let my desire to be accepted by a person outweigh my desire to please You. Thank You for Your love and for accepting me unconditionally. Thank you Father for creating me to be me. Help me to be a better servant, doing the right thing, not the people-pleasing thing. Give me courage and peace to withstand the pressure I feel when others are displeased with my answers. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One who was the perfect servant, Jesus Christ; Amen

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

10 comments:

  1. Cindy,
    I need to print and post this entry in my office. This was wonderful, just what I needed to hear. Thank you for reminding us all that we need to be ourselves as God intended, not what someone else thinks we should be.
    Thank you for sharing.
    (Thanks too for dropping by my site.)
    Sharlotte

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  2. Timely message for me today. Have you been reading my thoughts?
    Connie Royals

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  3. These healing words are SO needed by a hurting generation of women striving after physical perfection. Thank you so much for writing them!

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  4. Ouch!!! Thanks for the reminder...I think!! ;-)

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  5. If we could just know how much HE loves us and the value HE places on each of us, it would change the way we see ourselves. To think that He chose to create each of us in a special, unique way should say something! Thanks for the reminder to be the me HE created me to be!
    ~Adrienne~

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  6. The girls and I were just talking on this subject. You brought out some great points to consider!

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  7. Lovely and helpful as always, Cindy. Thank you, and thank you, too, for visiting my espresso post and your sweet comment. ~Zuni

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  8. Thanks so much for stopping by! I started doing a tree or two for every holiday after seeing one in my Dr.'s office!!

    Hugs
    Debbie

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  9. Oh, I think you were describing me. Thanks for the wise godly words and the prayer, Cindy. I need to go back and reread this often.

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  10. Oh, Cindy - I really needed to hear these words today. I'm networking with a couple of other Christian businesswomen and we are really working through this very issue in a number of ways as the Lord guides our steps in building a new work. Sometimes it is so hard to be comfortable in our own skin. Bless you!
    Kathy

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy