Our self-image - how we see ourselves - is very important. It is the picture we carry around in our heart and in our head. It is just as real as the pictures of our children and grand children that many of us carry in our wallets, but it has a much stronger effect on us.
Because of our failures, inabilities and weaknesses, we see ourselves as less than perfect, so it's difficult for us to imagine how or why God would want to use us and care for us. God doesn't want us looking at everything that is wrong with us or the sins of our past; He wants us to look at everything that is right with Him. Hebrews 12:2 says, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.... The more we focus on our failures, the more likely we are to repeat them. Whatever we think about and talk about becomes magnified. That's why you and I need to get our eyes off of what is wrong with us and onto what is right with God. I am thankful that God doesn't withhold His love, acceptance and help from us because we fail. He is just looking for a willing heart that is surrendered to Him. No matter what words have been spoken over you in the past that want to stick to you like velcro, you can decide today to allow the truth of God's Word to wash them away. Isaiah 43:18-19. Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. He answers our cry for help. He steps in and helps us just because we are his kids, however He does want us to co-operate with Him by submitting to the truths set out in His Word, the Bible. Let's see ourselves the way God sees us and open our eyes to what God wants to do in us today. In Him there is no dead end, just new beginnings!