To a certain extent we all wear masks. Some of us wish to be perceived as 'nice and charming' while others long to be admired for their 'strength of character' and still more long to be congratulated for their 'intelligence and toughness' there are very few who can truly see themselves with a ruthless eye.
We do not wish to recognise the fact that we are vulnerable and open to hurt and that the opinion of others does matter to each of us. Very few can view themselves with the objectiveness that is needed in order to be fully whole to ourselves and to each other.
It takes a ruthless honesty and a savage courage that can stare at our own weaknesses and vulnerabilities and also our potential to sin and harm others as well as ourselves. Until we can do this we will remain disconnected from ourselves and those we love and remain in emotional isolation.
It is only through God that we are transformed into 'little christ's' and it is only through God that we become the promise of who we were meant to be.
This has nothing to do with the 'self esteem express' but is in fact self forgetfulness.
Authentic self esteem is to see ourselves as we are; imperfect faulty human beings who understand that any good thing we do has it's Source in the Triune Spirit. Nothing is ours. It is all Gift. We hope that God may turn our imperfections to His Greater Glory despite our resistance to the Divine Physician as He moulds us so that we become reflections of His Divine Person.
You are not perfect for a reason. If you were perfect then you would have no need of God the Source of all Love. This is not to state that we should revel in our imperfections but rather that God can turn a humble and contrite heart into one that reflects His own Divine Heart.
Rejoice therefore and live lives that reflect the inner joy that springs from being so well loved without deserving it, nor without ever being able to return it in equal measure.
Remember love will cost you all you have got. Spare nothing. Give all. Your Reward awaits you...
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17)
Written by Marie.