Self-esteem is a concept that has become increasingly popular in today’s world. It is something that many parents, including Christian parents, believe they should build in their children. It is something that schools, doctors, therapists and even advertisers talk about often. But did you know that “self-esteem” is not found in the Bible? In fact, the Bible has much to say about the opposite of “self” esteem. Let’s take a look.
Don’t misunderstand, I am not claiming that the Bible talks against the importance of each and every person. In fact, as the psalmist wrote: “… I am fearfully and wonderfully made: …”(Psalms 139:14). God made each and every one of His created human beings as breathing, walking, thinking masterpieces. But when you look closely to the context of these words, the glory and honor belong to the Lord, not to self. That verse continues “… marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Truly, God made each of us with a purpose in mind. When we are careful to listen to what God has for us we will do that thing to His glory and we will receive great joy as well. Continue reading →
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4:10)
Humility! I think perhaps practicing humility is the most difficult of all the things that the Lord admonishes us to do. Of course the opposite of humility is pride. Pride is easy. The Bible says: Continue reading →
Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship is part of the Bearing Witness Stories Project, a collaboration of Anabaptists from a wide range of traditions. I was asked to review this book by Propeller / FlyBy Promotions. Continue reading →
When God made you, He did something so special. He made you different than everybody else. There is not one person like you on the face of this earth. You are one of a kind! Even your fingerprint is significantly different than everybody else’s. But there is something else that I am talking about in regards to Him giving you something so special. In every single person on the face of this earth, there is a keen desire to know God. That keen desire is a void that He has given us that only He can fill. Amazing, right? Have you ever heard someone say that they had the perfect life, but felt as though something was missing? Yep, that something was God. He did not want you to forget about Him. No matter what you accomplished or what you will accomplish in life, God so desperately wants you to get to know Him. Continue reading →
When we lived up north a great winter favorite was Chili with beans and meat. Down here in New Mexico when you mention chili, it is not at all like the wonderful thick soup that we had way back when. So we have learned to speak of our northern chili as “chili the soup”. Here is the recipe that we like best.