[God says] “Don’t be afraid of a soul. I’ll be right there, looking after you.” Jeremiah 1:8 (The Message Bible)
I keep about a half dozen books on my table where I do my morning meditations and pick one up randomly for inspiration in my writing. This morning the theme of self worth surfaced in several books. In “Finding Joy–101 Ways to Free Your Spirit,” by Charlotte Davis Kasl, PhD., #20’s hint is “Whatever anyone says or does means nothing about your worth.” Dr. Kasl explained how self-esteem is like a cord connecting someone to external events and to people. When someone gives praise or a gift, self-esteem goes up; however, when something negative happens (you find that nasty Monday morning note on your desk about misspelling someone’s name) self-esteem goes down. She calls this the “victim” stance.”
Today, please remember that when someone victimizes you (perhaps by someone having a self-esteem issue), you do not have to become the victim. Try the Band-Aid theory: If someone threw a dart at you, instead of asking what you did to become the target, acknowledge the pain, slap a Band Aid on the wound, and try to avoid being in the pathway of people who throw darts.
Dear Lord, help us develop thick skin to repel the darts directed at us by those who are having a bad self-esteem day. Amen.