Seeing is believing! How Do You See Yourself?
How we see ourselves greatly influences and shapes what we believe about ourselves. Basically, we either see ourselves through fleshly "glasses of self," or through spiritual "glasses of God." What you see is what you get!
If you're wearing glasses of self, everything is distorted - you either see yourself as larger than life or small and insignificant. Glasses of self provide a self-centered focus, giving you an exaggerated opinion or a low opinion of yourself. You will either see yourself as self-dependent, self-confident, self-reliant and self-sufficient, or you will see yourself full of self-doubt, self-pity, self-ridicule, self-condemnation or self-hatred.
Our self image plays an important role in our ability to be happy and successful. It is almost impossible to have good relationships with other people if we don't have a good relationship with ourselves, after all we spend more time with ourselves than anyone else.
God wants us to have great relationships, but self-rejection and even self-hatred are at the root of many of our relationship problems.
God's best is that we would see ourselves through His eyes, through His glasses. He sees us as a new creation, as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, accepted and approved by Him. Through His eyes we are able to see our unlimited potential, instead of the limitations and weaknesses we see in ourselves. If we see ourselves full of flaws and failures, we will definitely feel insecure and without confidence. However, if we see ourselves as more than conquerors and able to do all things through Christ who gives us the strength, then we will feel secure and have the confidence we need to succeed in life.
Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knew and approved of us before we were formed in the womb. Start looking at yourself through God's eyes, and you'll start seeing yourself as someone who is loved and accepted, unique and beautiful in His sight.
Throw those old self glasses away and put on the new God ones! When you really discover who you are in Christ... you'll develop a healthy, balanced self-image and find the confidence you need to truly be successful!