Healthy Self-Image: The Sequel

The Holy Spirit is continuing to press upon me about this idea of a healthy self-image. Here are a few other things to consider as we strive for a healthier self-image. Knowing your strengths and stopping the comparison game with other people are both key for every single member of the body of Christ. 

There are some things that I have come to know about myself. I am not super good at most things technical likes mechanics, plumbing, carpentry, math and science. However, I have pretty good interpersonal skills, and I am not awful at public speaking. I used to play basketball very seriously in my own mind. I really enjoy singing especially in worship, but you won’t catch me wowing anyone on the dance floor. Actually, I have zero dance moves! I have learned those things that are my strengths and have learned to not punish myself for not being good at everything. Some people are talented musicians but couldn’t dribble a basketball to save their life. Others are extremely coordinated and excel at sports but couldn’t play at guitar even with all the practice in the world.

We all have strengths and weaknesses. When we choose to celebrate our strengths and set realistic goals for improvement in areas of weakness, we can have a healthy and balanced perspective to live by. We want to be cautious not to dwell on our weaknesses and imperfections; instead, we strive to discover the gifts with which God has blessed us. Check out 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31 for a beautiful image of the body of Christ.

We have all done it at some point. We compare ourselves to others and gauge where we are based on what we see in someone else. If our comparison was only an observation that would be fine, but in comparing ourselves we often become too critical of ourselves. The thing about comparison is that there is never a win. How often do you compare yourself to someone less fortunate and count your blessings? Usually, our comparison is with someone with whom we perceive at being, having or doing more. Comparing yourself to others often is the main source of your biggest insecurities and prevents the kind healthy self-image that God desires for us.
If you or someone you love struggles with low self-image, seek help from a Christian counselor. They can offer a safe and supportive place to work on improving self-image. There is real hope for living a life of renewed purpose and meaning. A Christian counselor understands that you were created by a God who highly esteems His creation – so much so, in fact, that He provided the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ, for our salvation. Christian counseling will offer a critical relationship for your personal growth, and through counseling you can work toward developing and improving your own self-image.

In His Grip,

Mike Toluba

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