Liking yourself is hard sometimes. You can watch your friends on Snapchat, Insta or Facebook, see their profiles and start to think, man I wish my life was more like theirs. It’s easy to start comparing what you have and who you are to them and begin to feel like you don’t measure up to them. Liking yourself and thinking positive about yourself can be really challenging. So how do you begin liking yourself when you feel like you don’t measure up to those around you?
3 tips to help boost your self-esteem.
1. Do a reality check – This can be really tough to do, but take a realistic look at your situation. You might feel like no one really cares about you, but is that true? It’s easy to constantly let something someone said or did make you think that no one cares about you. More than likely, you have a ton of people who really do care about you. You have parents, siblings, grandparents, and most importantly God that care about you. So when you think you’re all alone and that no one cares, do a reality check and realize that in reality, you have people that care about you.
2. You are what you think so check your thoughts – It’s easy to get into a negative pattern of thinking about yourself. You can start to believe lies that you’re worthless, or that your life doesn’t matter. Nothing could be farther from the truth. When these thoughts come, recognize them for what they are…lies. Take the necessary steps to switch your thoughts from negative patterns of thinking to positive ones.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:8 (NLT) “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Checking to make sure your thoughts are good ones is an important step to winning the battle for your self-esteem.
3. See yourself as God sees you – Decide to begin to see yourself as God sees you. He doesn’t see you as a failure, as a loser or as anything bad you might think you are. He sees you as important. You’re so important that if you were the only person in the world He would have sent his son to die for you. Your life matters to God. He knows everything about you and cares about everything important to you.
Today remember God thinks so much about you that the Bible says his thoughts about you can’t be numbered.
Psalm 139:17 (NLT) – “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!”
I can count pretty high, so the idea that God thinks about you so much that those thoughts can’t be numbered just goes to show how much He cares about you. So, decide to see yourself as God sees you. Choose to base your worth on how God feels about you. Most of all learning to love yourself.
Yahweh, the battle for my self-esteem and self-worth is very real. Father, I believe that with Your help and trust in your word, I can change my thinking and come out fighting against my negative thoughts, and win the battle of self-love in Christ’s name Amen!