We all have had a fractured self-image at one point. For some of us it may be just a crack in the glass; others look through a shattered mirror every morning. And whether you see it or not, your self-esteem affects your life every day: in the relationships you commit to, how you allow yourself to be treated, and your relationship with God.
When I was younger, I had a difficult time accepting gifts and compliments. I would politely smile and say thank you, but in my spirit I was unable to receive it because I felt I did not do well enough or there was someone who deserved it more than me. I was constantly giving and not allowing myself to receive the blessings God was giving me. I was so appreciative and thankful, but even when my birthday came around it was hard to swallow the fact that my parents wanted to spend money on me. That feeling of unworthiness was a manifestation of how I thought God viewed me. I knew in my mind that He saw me as valued, worthy of love, and beautiful - but I did not know it in my spirit.
As Christians, we find our identity not in things of this world but in Christ. The moment we realize who HE is, we find out who WE are. God made us in His image, and we are worthy of the immense and limitless blessings he has lined up for us; He is just waiting for us to accept them.
Okay, you’re thinking. I feel unworthy but I have no idea how to break the habit. Pray and ask God to help you see yourself through His eyes. In the Bible, it says that our words have power (Proverbs 18:21), so every morning while you wash up, declare (out loud!) positive Bible-based statements (feel free to customize and make it personal).
Here are some to get you started:
- I am loved. (1 John 4:7:10)
- I am worthy of love from others. (Leviticus 19:18)
- I am a Daughter of The King. (Romans 8:17)
- I have a purpose. (Jeremiah 29:11)
- I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
- I am talented. (Romans 12:6-8)
- I am blessed coming and going. (Deuteronomy 28:6)
- I am worthy of my Father’s love. (Matthew 6:26)
- I am worthy of respect. (Romans 12:10)
If you need prayer support or someone to listen to your story, please contact me through Instagram, @naiatillery .
Naia is a fifth-generation follower of Jesus. Music and performing arts - singing, especially - is her passion, and she lives for late-night talks about the Holy Spirit. She recently moved to SoCal and is excited for the new doors God is opening for her and her family. Naia is one of our 2017 interns at GLAM Camp for Girls.