We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Sometimes feelings of low self-esteem may stem from an image of how you are supposed to be, a false and unrealistic ideal. In his book, Healing for Damaged Emotions, David Seamands explains:
Super You believes the myth: “I’ve always got to be super-happy.” But are you always happy? Never depressed? Bubbling over with “Praise the Lord”? Is there never a time of struggle . . . when you do things out of sheer duty, without happy feelings? . . .
When you waste time and energy trying to be Super Self, you rob yourself of growth and the friendship of God. And you never let God accept and love the Real You for whom Christ died . . . Super You is an illusion of your imagination, a false image, an idol . . .
You can be yourself in Jesus, and you need not compare yourself to anyone else. He wants to heal you and to change you in order that Real You can grow up to be the person He intended you to be . . .
When you stop wasting your spiritual energies to maintain this false Super You and start using those energies in cooperating with the Holy Spirit for true growth, you will find yourself free in Jesus Christ, liberated from false oughts and shoulds, freed from the approval and disapproval of other people, freed from that awful condemnation of the performance gap between what you’re trying to be and what you really are.
Dear Lord, I need to be set free from the condemnation of the gap between what I’m trying to be and what I really am. Let me be the real me.