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Self Esteem

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as His own children." (Romans 8:15)

Discussion

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt

We are the children of supernatural. The eternal spirit of God abides within us. We are heavenly bound not earthly bound. We are here for a limited time as ambassadors of almighty. So we should not act as slaves but as the child of God and keep our dignity and standards. In the name of race, color, status, body structure, language, intelligence, income, and health we should not feel inferior. Inferiority Complex nimbles and immobilizes all our talents. Self perceptions of our status should not be based on comparing ourselves with others. Every individual is unique and has a unique work to do.

Look at Christ. He is your leader and the fulfillment of your faith. In His family you have the privileges and the responsibilities of a child. The spirit of God reminds us of who we are and encourages us to do wonderful work here on earth and leave from here with a living legacy of God's children.

The 16th president of USA, Abraham Lincoln, is considered to be one of the greatest presidents of America. He was born on 12 Feb 1809 in a one-room cabin in rural Kentucky. He was the first in his family who could read. He made his humble beginnings in Illinois, first as a laborer, working for penny in a day. His faith in God, invasive curiosity, hard work and his readiness to do anything at the cost of his life led him to become a lawyer and, eventually, the president of the USA. That status powered him to emancipate and remove the greatest tragedy of the world - abolition of slavery at the cost of his life. With out him, America as it's today, would not exist. He once said, "It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrows." He didn't allow his poor and primitive background to depress him to continue his pursuit of his life and the fulfillment of it.

Life is an adventure. Risk is a factor in it. If we listen to all the voices of the world, then we cannot survive. We are no longer fearful slaves. Instead, we are the Master's children. He encourages us to ask him for whatever we need. So simply ignore all depressing noises.

Prayer

Jesus, we call you as "Abba", our father. Let your children be inspired by their status of son-ship and act as the light to others. Let those who feel inferior and depressed come out of their cell of pathetic situation. Lord, make everyone to do great things for you. We ask this in the name Jesus.

Amen.

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