For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3 (NIV)
What do you think about yourself? What kind of question is that? It is a very important question. Why is that an important question? What difference does it make what I think about myself? You are willing to admit that you do think about yourself? Yes, of course I think about myself. How much do you think about yourself? I’m sure that I think about myself far too often. Why is that? I think about myself all the time. What kind of thoughts do you think about yourself? I ask myself a lot of questions. Like what? I ask myself if I’m having fun. I ask myself if I am enjoying life. I ask myself if I am happy with all the decisions that I have made. I wonder if I will have any regrets. Do you have any regrets? I have a lot of regrets. Why is that? I have made a lot of dumb mistakes. I have wasted a lot of time. I have gone where I shouldn’t have gone. I have said what I shouldn’t have said. I have done what I shouldn’t have done. What do you think about yourself and all the mistakes that you have made? Sometimes, I think of myself as an idiot and a loser. Sometimes, I wallow in my past mistakes and become quite depressed about them. Do you think that I think you are a loser? Do you think that I wallow in your past mistakes and become quite depressed about them? Those are very interesting questions. Why is that? I’m asking myself why I would allow myself to think thoughts about myself that you certainly don’t think about me. That is a very good question to ask yourself. Now, you are beginning to see how important it is to consider what you are thinking about yourself. Yes, I am.
What do you think I would like you to do with your thoughts about yourself? I think you want me to let you guide the thoughts I think about myself. You don’t want me to think too highly of myself. You want me to have a humble heart and mind and life. You want me to know that everything that I am and hope to be has and will come to me as a gift from you. That’s right. You don’t want me to think too lowly of myself. You want me to know that I am special. I am your child. You are working in and through my life. The past is gone. You have redeemed and renewed my life. I no longer need to live under any condemnation. I have been forgiven of all my sins and cleansed of all my unrighteousness. That’s right. You have given me a new life to live in you. I am your workmanship. I am your masterpiece. You will accomplish your purposes and plans in my life. You will help me to know and do your will. Yes, I will. These are the thoughts that I want you to think about yourself. Hold on to these thoughts as you love, follow and serve me. Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I give thanks and praise to you because all I am, have done, will do and hope to be has come to me as a gift from you. You have made me who I am. You are molding and shaping my life so that I will be able to do all that you will give me to do for you. Amen
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