Usually I would go straight to the dictionary to check out the meaning, but this time…I think I will give it a miss, well, at least until the end anyway…and then surprise myself!
In talking with a friend about self-esteem…the conversation got quite heated…”steamed up” even…and then it happened….again….I had a word-picture in my mind of a “steam train” chugging up a hill…struggling and pulling, it was very hard work for this “self-esteem” train to do this work. It required a lot of stoking of the firebox…and it appeared that the more stoking the less the train travelled….because it takes a lot of time, effort and materials to stoke the box to get enough “steam” to get this “self-esteem” train to get anyway…no ground or headway was being made. In fact, the “self-esteem” train was so focussed on making “head-way”, that the “heart” of the train – the firebox, was getting very burnt out. The fuel being used was not very environmentally friendly and therefore unsustainable…it produced a lot of smoke and well, steam actually – which the driver was very proud of and he could sound the horn as often as he liked and even delighted in doing so, though nobody really understood why – since the ‘’self-esteem” train wasn’t getting anywhere…
The self esteem train is an amazing invention – it works hard, utilises fossil fuel (old stuff), gets steamed up to blast the horn, to announce its location, that hasn’t changed for a very very long time – in order to make itself feel good about itself. That is just sooooo funny!
Self-esteem means: a feeling of pride in yourself.
Our identity is not found by searching reasons for low self-esteem or in our achievements or in anything on this planet.
Our identity and therefore, our true value and worth – our purpose – is found in a relationship with our Creator….with God, Jesus and His finished work on the Cross and in His resurrection power and Holy Spirit presence.
He gives more than enough steam for each day and enables us to travel great distances, often very quietly – without any fanfare…the ultimate destination is in sight, in the meantime – there needs to be some stops along the way – to pick up travellers who are hungering for a better place to settle…the eternal city of our God!
Micah 6:8 (NIV)
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.