Uplifting your self-worth
Ladies you are more than breasts and booty. Guys you are more than money, pecs and biceps! This will uplift your self worth. Hear how important you are!
How is your self – worth? Is it a positive one or negative? Do you feel that you are worth loving? How are your parents view of you? Your friends? Your boss? Merriam Webster defines Self - worth as a feeling that you are a good person who deserves respect.
Our self - worth is shown by how you dress, talk and behave. It is not just the words you say about yourself it is the non – verbal cues that you do. Your self-worth will determine the quality of life you live. Take a moment to reflect on that.
Self – worth should not be defined as how others view you or even yourselve! Self-worth is defined by how God views you. You are loved immensely by God! YOU are worth loving, you are worth more than the most expensive thing in this world! God showed us how much he loved us by sending His Son to die for our sins.
John 3: 16 – 17 (NIV) says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
God’s love is unconditional, it does not depend on who you are, what you do or the color of your skin. It is freely given. Us humans are broken and we will fail others and others will fail us. We may be in and out of love sometimes in our lives…but God’s love never fails. Psalm 136 talks about how God’s love endures forever. Take some time to read that today!
Because of His immense love for you your self-worth should be a positive one! You are precious in His sight. Respect your - self and others, love others because he loves you. However, that doesn’t mean you condone what is wrong or agree with everyone or let someone be abusive to you (that’s a whole other podcast!). Ladies respect your bodies, dress modestly, don’t give in to him, you are fine china! Guys be a gentleman, be humble, don’t push for sex, you are made to be a protector! Having a positive self-worth doesn’t mean we will be happy, excited and turnt up all the time. It is natural to have ups and downs and various moods sometimes – that’s life. However, it does mean that you will have a peace and joy in your heart. Blessed assurance.
Remember God loves you and so do I! If you like to know more about God’s love, read his ultimate love letter, the Bible. The amplified version is good to understand as well as the Message version. Find a good Bible based church, find a strong Christ follower for a mentor and sign up for blog updates! Peace and blessings!
The immortal song by Tina Turner questions, "What's Love Got To Do With It?" Love has to do with everything!
Who do you love? Are you for sure? (Sung to the tune of ll cool j’s song). What is love? How do I know its love? These are age old questions that have been around for centuries. When searching for the definition of love it is mostly defined as a feeling of deep affection for someone or even something. Love is the most universal thing that people are always looking for. It’s the theme for most movies, books, songs and poems! It can make us laugh, cry, be joy filled, hopeful depressed, broken and sad. It is the one emotion that almost every one experiences at least once in their lifetime.
Do you know there is a love that you don’t have to search for! That is God’s love! Love is very important to God/Jesus. It is the one thing he actually commands His followers to do.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)
How are we supposed to love? What does a healthy loving relationship look like? A great passage to read is 1 Corinthians 13. The first few verses Paul talks about how various things he can do or be but if he doesn’t have love he equates to nothing. 1Cor 13:4-8 teaches about the essence of Love:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 1Cor 13:4-8 (NIV)
This is how God loves us! His perfect love. This is how we should love, but because we aren’t perfect this is a good guideline to help us in our relationships.
Let’s talk about healthy relationships (any kind, sibling, parent, boyfriend or girlfriend, husband/ wife, friends); a healthy relationship has all those things. You are kind to one another, patient, concerned for each other’s welfare, truthful, trusting, looking out for each other’s best interests, respectful, not braggarts, unselfish. Love is more than feelings and emotions, it is more of an action. It is what we do even who we are. God is love.
Unhealthy relationship involves dishonor, hurting others, selfish, gloating, blackmail, guilt, finding fault and other countless negative descriptions. If you’re in a relationship where you’re always hurting, arguing, crying, untrusting, depressed – that is unhealthy and it is best not to continue the relationship. The longer you stay the harder it is to get out of it because of bonding. You can find out more about bonding in the “let’s talk about sex podcast”.
Even though the Bible commands us to love one another we need to have discernment about who we start relationships with. Being a good judge of character. Is she/he nice? How do they treat their parents, other family members? How are they with their friends? Do they have future goals they are pursuing? Do they have a right relationship with God? Are they selfish? Do they have a lot of baggage from previous relationships? These are some good questions to ask yourself in the acquaintance stage. It takes time to develop a trusting genuine relationship with someone (I’m talking friends and romantic relationships).
If there are red flags in the beginning now is the time to bow out. Find out more in the healthy relationships post. You can recommend them to talk to a professional counselor or Pastor that can help them resolve issues in their life and to help them in their future relationships. Remember we are only in control of ourselves and can’t really change someone else. We may be able to influence them, encourage them positively, prayer for them, but not give them the real help that a professional can give them.
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Christina Leeman MPH, CHES, writer and health educator, emboldens women to be the She Who Honors God with her all - body, thoughts, words, actions.
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