So many struggle with low self-esteem and self-worth issues. They see themselves as unworthy, unwanted, unloved. Dosomething.org describes low self-esteem as:
“a thinking disorder in which an individual views him / herself as inadequate, unlovable and / or incompetent.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that more deaths are caused throughout the world by suicide every year than homicide or war! Other studies have shown that a staggering 85% of the world’s population are affected by low self-esteem.
Some of the causes have been described as:
- Broken relationships
- Poor communication
- Not living up to potential
- Advertisements and Photoshop
- Early negative influences in childhood
- Trauma, serious illness or bereavement
How do you see yourself?
Do you see yourself as worthy, wanted and truly loved? What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Many people have distorted images of themselves, often like a negative of a colour photograph. It bears no resemblance to the real picture – it is dull and uninteresting, often dark and distorted somehow. The real picture might be glorious technicolour, like the autumn leaves on the trees, but the negative is dull and dark.
Psalm 139:14 in the Message reads: “Body and soul, I am marvellously made!”
You see, God made you – body and soul – “marvellously” and in His own image (Genesis 1:27). And when He saw you, He said: “It was very good” (Genesis 1:31).
So whatever image you have in your mind’s eye, when you look in the mirror:
“This week, I declare that I am wonderfully and beautifully made – in God’s own image. And when I look in the mirror, I can say that it is very good.”