I have a few people in my life whose title ends with “ist”. And that’s okay, we all need at least one “ist” in our life at some point, whether we open ourselves up to it or not. Right now in my life, the “ist” I am most looking for is a “philanthrop’ist'”. I mean just a fat cat rich man or woman who says, “I like your style.” Yep, that is what I am looking for. But then again, aren’t we all?
Words can bring great clarity to a perceived reflection of one’s self. Another way to put that? Someone else’s words can cause us to look at ourselves a little differently. Heck, my own words can be quite sharp, ill prepared and not well delivered and for that I often find myself apologizing.
So, when the words “self esteem” comes up I immediately go to Psalm 139. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I was known to God before I was known to myself. How can anyone derive anything but good feelings from that?
I have always referred to Psalm 139 as the self-esteem chapter.
In fact, when my oldest daughter, Savannah, first went away to college, I texted her one verse of Psalm 139 each day and it is a long chapter.
Whenever you read this, whether it is tonight at 10:01 p.m., tomorrow or days later do this…nothing bolsters up self esteem more than reaching out to another person. To impact the life of someone else negates the immediate needs of our own life and allows us to lift up that other person.
And it is so simple, take your phone and text someone a short verse, quote or heart felt greeting. Their self esteem will go up immediately and so will yours.
Think you don’t have it in you? That you’re just not good enough to spread goodness?
From the words of St. “Francis” of Asissi.
“I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.”