I keep running into things online about self-esteem and of course while one is in a funk, one's self-worth isn't real healthy... So I've been thinking about all this. Today's podcast is me sorting through how we measure ourselves and figuring out better ways to do it. I utilize the following resources:
Juli Slattery's article in Today's Christian Woman titled I Don't Believe in Self-Esteem
An excellent book for parents (or adults who need to grow up) called Raising Great Kids by Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend.
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Special thanks to Rev. Rich Shields whose notes on Law and Gospel will continue to be a useful resource in daily life as well as this ministry.
My bottom line on today's podcast is this:
I am putting my hope in the perfect, compassionate loving God, my faithful even to death Savior, who took care of all the fixing and rescuing when He died on the cross for me. The truth is that I am helpless and He is the Helper. I needed saved and He did the saving. And just in case I get ansy and think there is more I need to do, He said (right there on the cross!) IT IS FINISHED.
I live rescued, renewed, and remade because of Him and He will complete this good work in me. Because JESUS is the author and perfecter of my life. Not me.