Learning to Like Yourself

Teen DevotionsLearning to like yourself is really hard sometimes. You can watch your friends on Facebook and see their profile and start to think, man I wish my life was more like theirs. Its easy to start comparing what you have and who you are to them and begin to feel like you don’t measure up to them.

Liking yourself and having a good self-esteem can be really challenging. So how do you begin liking yourself when you feel like you don’t measure up to those around you?  We’ve got some suggestions below to help boost your self-esteem.

  1. Do a reality check – This can be really tough to do, but take a realistic look at your situation.  You might feel like no one really cares about you, but is that really true? Its easy many times to let something someone said or did make you think that no one cares about you.  More than likely, you have a ton of people who really do care about you.  You have parents, siblings, grandparents, and most importantly God that care about you.  So when you think you’re all alone and that no one cares, do a reality check and realize that in reality you have people that care about you.
  2. Check your thoughts –  Its easy to get into a negative pattern of thinking about yourself.  You can start to believe lies that you’re worthless, or that your life doesn’t matter.  In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth.  When these thoughts come, recognize them for what they are…lies.  Take the necessary steps to switch your thoughts from negative patterns of thinking to ones that are positive.  The Bible says in Philippians 4:8 (NLT) “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Checking to make sure your thoughts are good ones is an important step to winning the battle for your self-esteem.
  3. Choose to see yourself like God sees you –  Decide to begin to see yourself like God sees you.  He doesn’t see you as a failure, as a loser or as anything bad you might think you are.  He sees you as important.  You’re so important that if you were the only person in the world he would have sent his son to die for you.  Your life matters to God.  He knows everything about you, and cares about everything that is important to you. God thinks so much about you that the Bible says his thoughts about you can’t be numbered.  Psalm 139:17 (NLT) – “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.  They cannot be numbered!” I can count pretty high, so the idea that God thinks about you so much that those thoughts can’t be numbered just goes to show He cares about you a ton and a half. So, decide to see yourself like God sees you.  Choose to base your worth on how God feels about you.

I believe that these tips can help you with learning to like yourself.  The battle for your self-esteem is very real, but I believe that with God’s help, you can come out and win this fight!

Check out the song: Gold by Britt Nicole

Here’s a great book for you to read too: You Are God’s Best!: A Classic on Human Value

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