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Marvelous Me, Unique You: Day 12: Lent Journey

6 Mar

“And I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. With your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do.”

Psalm 139:14, (CEV)

Hi.  My name is Heather and I have a history of low self-esteem,  (Enter your name and self-image issue here.) Hi!

I guess I will share first.  I don’t know when I started comparing myself to others, but I have done it as long as I can remember.  I know my mom got gets tired of telling me that I can’t and shouldn’t compare myself with others; I just have to be myself and that is good enough.  As a perfectionist as well, (Yep, I’m one of those too), I suppose I often feel like I can never measure up or be good enough; there is always someone better than me. It is a daily battle that I fight in trying to accept and love who I am, and stop struggling to be someone other than me.

Why do we do measure our worth by what others think? Our society is so driven to be the best, brightest, prettiest, thinnest, richest, and happiest, that we trample each other and ourselves in our climb to the top. The sad part is that most of us get trampled along the way, and those that reach the top are quickly tossed aside and forgotten when someone better comes along. This is our cultural mindset.

This kind of thinking though is incredibly destructive to our well-being and completely against how God wants us to view ourselves.

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