A little over ten years ago, I was serving an internship as a houseparent at Show-Me Christian Youth Homes. As part of my internship, I had to do a special project for them.
When my supervisor and I sat down and discussed the project, she asked me to create a self-esteem program for the children at the home.
My first thought was, “Who? Me? You have got to be kidding, right?”
You see, I have struggled with my self-esteem my entire life. (Well, since kindergarten anyway.)
So when it came to being asked to write a program to help children ages 8 to 18 develop a healthy self-esteem, I balked, I didn’t think that I should be the one to develop it.
I thought that it needed to be done by someone who had a healthy self-esteem.
But as I began writing this program, I found comfort it.
Because as I was writing this program I was learning that my self-esteem shouldn’t come from what I think that other people believe about me. My self-esteem should be based on what God thinks about me.
So what comfort can we draw from God when we feel like we don’t matter?
1) God knows everything about us and still He values us! (Psalm 139)
2) We are fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:13-14)
3) Jesus came to save us! (John 3:16)
4) God loves us! (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
5) God has given us gifts and talents to use. (Romans 12:6-8)
6) God created us for a purpose. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
7) God created us to love others. (Matthew 22:39)