Self-esteem can be defined or said to be having confidence in who you are and being sure of your personality. It can also be defined as an ind
Self-esteem can be defined or said to be having confidence in who you are and being sure of your personality. It can also be defined as an individual’s subjective evaluation of their own worth. It has to do with belief in one’s self. Self-esteem helps in academic achievement, happiness, satisfaction in relationships and so on.
Self-esteem can apply to specific attribute like I believe I am good at what I do and I feel good about that. A lot of people suffer from lack of self-esteem and this causes them not to be able to achieve a lot of task. Body image can be defined as a person’s thought of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings that emerge from that perception.
The attitude, thoughts, feelings and believe about one’s body. Body image can be influenced by a number of social factors like culture, media, interactions with family and friends.
How social media affects body image:
Television, advertisements, instagram influencers, and other media have a great impact on how people regard their bodies. A negative an unhealthy body image can contribute to low self-esteem and can cause persistent anxiety.
What people see on social media goes a long way to affect their thinking, it makes some people want become what they are not and makes some others feel useless.
Self-esteem levels at the extreme high and low ends of the spectrum can be harmful, so ideally, it’s best to strike a balance somewhere in the middle. A realistic yet positive view of yourself is generally considered the ideal. But what exactly is self –esteem? Where does it come from and what influence does it really have on our lives?
Self-esteem can play a significant role in your motivation and success throughout your life. Low self-esteem may hold you back from succeeding at school or work because you don’t believe yourself to be capable of success.
As you might imagine, there are different factors that can influence self-esteem. Factors that helps shape overall personality can play a role, but it is often experiences that form the basis for overall self-esteem. Those who consistently fail or get negative assessments from family members or friends will likely experience problems with low self-esteem.
Representing the kingdom of God:
Knowing your identity in Christ helps grow your self-esteem. John 3:16” this text shows the amount of love god has for you, knowing how deep god love is for you helps you to bring your self-esteem.
And it helps you know your stand when you have the knowledge of god’s love for you, you would be sure of yourself in whatever you do. The undying faith in god is solely built on our study of god’s word. We should know that we carry the presence of god therefore we should never be ashamed or worry of what people say because as a Christian its only gods words that matter to us. (1 john3:1) (Eph 2:10) these texts show us god’s love for his people and tell us who we are in Christ. Telling us to see our self the way god sees us.
Don’t base your self-image on your accomplishment!
May I never boast except in the cross of our lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)
You may say to yourself, “my power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the lord of god, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)
If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more. … What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus our lord, for those sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:4-8).
Make it your primary goal to please God not people!
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? …. If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)
We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:4)
We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. (Thessalonians 2:6)
Here are some daily words that can give encouragement to us:
- I am the righteousness of god in Christ.
- God has paid my debt and forgiving all my sins.
- I am anxious for nothing because I know gods plan for me are of good and not of evil to bring me to an expected end.
- I carry the presence of god everywhere I go.
- I am who god says I am it does not matter what people think.
- I have the peace of Christ and am not worried about what people say or what is going on in the world, cause the peace of god surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4: 7).
By Mrs Joan David