Finding the Swan in You…

Do you go through life fearing what others think? Some people look in the mirror and see The Ugly Duckling, a very unhappy little bird in the child’s fairy tale. He felt miserably rejected by all the barnyard fowls because of his unattractive looks and awkwardness. Sadly, many attractive people suffer from self-rejection . . . they feel they possess little personal value. Part of the blame can be placed on poor vision. Like the duckling who didn’t see a beautiful swan inside, they look to external features for self-acceptance, failing to see their inner God-given worth.

“The LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” -1 Samuel 16:7

Q: “Is it appropriate to have self-esteem?”

Self-esteem has two different meanings.

The first is an objective regard of your value.
This esteem is based on humility that is rooted in the recognition of your sin and your need for the Savior and on the fact that Christ established your worth by dying for you.

“This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” -Isaiah 66:2

The second kind of self-esteem is an exaggerated regard of your value.
This arrogant self-esteem is rooted in pride. The Bible presents two character traits in sharp contrast to one another.

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” -1 Peter 5:5

Key Verse to Memorize

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” -Matthew 6:26

Key Passage to Read and Reread

Psalm 139

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