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Saturday, April 22, 2006

This Easter, a friend gifted me with a book entitled
Women on the Journey by Cindy de la Paz-Lacanilao. It is a collection of devotionals from women who share their reflections about various points in their life's journey. As I was going through each chapter, I came across this reflection on self-esteem which I feel like sharing. It goes like this...

One of life's greatest tragedies is when people are unaware of their nature as God's creations. Our self-esteem is highly dependent on how real this truth is to us. All too often, we lose focus and anchor our self-esteem, not on God, but on the standards set by other people.

If people only focused on God as their Creator, self-esteem would not be a problem. Psalm 139:13-18 shows us that God made each of us unique. The complexity and uniqueness of our personality can never be measured against another. God does not mass-produce people. He creates one-of-a-kind persons, each one a masterpiece. God does not just paint a picture. He breathes into life a person who chooses his own colors, bright and dull. God did not make His masterpieces robots who only would do things He wanted them to do at the push of a button. He gave us, His masterpieces, our own will - even the will to choose to accept or reject the very One who created us.

As I reflect on our nature, I am amazed at the skill, love & grace God has demonstrated in making us. When we remember Who it is who made us, we can look at the mirror and say, "You're not just okay, you're the best!"

Have you stopped to praise and thank God for making you the way you are?

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