Earlier today, I thought it would be good if I attended an ice cream social for the women so I can ask if they new of a motivator based on the Gospel of the church. My question was answered quickly by Heavenly Father through Goddard. I see how wrong I had been for so many years. Thanks.
For years I compared myself to Hugh Nibley. I couldn't read hieroglyphics, or Hebrew, or Greek. I had never published a book or gotten a PhD. This only made me miserable. Though I also see the dangers of "self love" I can only accept myself as I am. There is only one Hugh Nibley. Then, there is only one of me.
I enjoyed this article very much!
Ester Rasband's book "Confronting the Myth of Self-Esteem" makes many of the same points- all important for us to learn and incorporate into our lives.
I like to remind myself that God doesn't love us when we're perfect. He loves us because HE is perfect!
Thank you Bro. Goddard. Great help!
Thanks for this insightful article. One of my favorite lines from a Steven Curtis Chapman song* says this: "This is what I'm sure of, I can only show love / When I really know how loved I am"--referring, of course, to God's love for us. We love God because He first loved us, and I don't think it's a stretch to say we love *others* because He first loved us as well, not because we first loved ourselves.
*"Love Take Me Over," https://www.klove.com/music/artists/steven-curtis-chapman/songs/love-take-me-over-lyrics.aspx
Thank you Bro. Goddard. I always greatly appreciate your insights! For anyone interested, M. Catherine Thomas gave a beautiful talk at BYU years ago on the same topic. It is titled, "The Doer of Our Deeds and the Speaker of Our Words." https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/m-catherine-thomas_doer-deeds-speaker-words/
I have found there are three things our Father in Heaven cannot find: (1) A mountain He cannot move (although, there are some mountains we put up ourselves and He may choose not to move them); (2) An ocean He cannot touch the bottom of; (3) A single moment in time or all eternity He hasn't love you with all He has, even when we have felt the most unlovable.
This is a wonderful article and one that we should all read - many times to help keep us on the strait and narrow path - and not worry so much about our own selves!!
I feel like you are one person who will understand my question. Having experienced what you describe in your excellent article, I have wondered how to explain it to others. It seems in the scriptures that the condition of feeling broken and motivated to beg God for mercy is initiated by God. My question; is God the only one who can initiate an awareness of our hopeless condition, a broken heart, or can one gain that degree of humility on his own?
"twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fear relieved"
Wow! I love this article! While I was raising my children, the concept of teaching them to have self confidence without being too cocky was a battle. This article totally reinforced the love and serving of others is the best way for self confidence. Thanks you for the wording I was unable to use to describe the ultimate love of our Savior, who took on our sins so we can return to Heavenly Father. My successes are from God, with Him, I won't have progress. I'm sending a copy of this article to all of my children.
Through much fasting and prayer, I have learned that my self respect is tied directly to my spirituality. My self respect grows as I'm able to identify and focus on confronting my fears and anxieties. Rather than going around or avoiding my fears, my Father needs me to face them head on and not only overcome them, but learn more about myself in doing so. As I face my fears, I find my spirituality and faith grows. My humility is enhanced as I lose myself in service to others, provide charity to all and make my will, what I percieve to be the Father's will. The connectivity of self respect and spirituality is essesial for my sactification and eligibility to come forth on the morning of the first resurrection.
This is a great article and insight. Yes - not self-esteem, but self-worth which may only be derived from the price Jesus paid for your salvation.
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