How Do You See Yourself?
By Eryka T. Johnson
How do you see yourself? This question is one more about your identity, self-image, and individuality rather than your outer appearance. Yes, I know looking good is one thing that women strive to do and you should take care of yourself. But, in this article, I would like to focus on how you see yourself from the inside out and the impact of a healthy self-image.
I love reading the story about Caleb, Joshua, and the children of Israel. In fact, I named my baby Caleb because of the qualities found in this name. Nevertheless, this article is not on selecting a fitting name for your children but rather on self-image…so back to the story. Caleb and Joshua were leaders who were a part of a special group assigned to journey to a new land and come back and report to Moses on the resources there.
The results were most fascinating. Only 2 out of the 10 leaders reported good news. The remaining 8 leaders said that they were like grasshoppers compared to the people in the new land who were giants. Now, I don’t know if they were physically that much larger but this statement alone alluded to a much bigger problem. The 8 leaders were struggling with having a healthy self-image because they felt inferior.
Does this sound familiar to you…feeling inferior because you are struggling with believing in yourself?
How do you see yourself? Well, I will answer this question from my point of view particularly when I thought I had nothing to offer. For years, I tried to get the confidence I lacked in addition to trying to get others to like me. I was so blinded by a poor self-image that I could not see the gifts I had and how these gifts could be used to help others. All I knew was that I was inferior to the next woman and it would take years for me to just get to a level where I could even associate with her.
The reality is your self-image will determine how others treat you. You want others to treat you with respect, see yourself differently. You want others to share in your gift, see yourself differently. You want that promotion on your job…see yourself differently.
You must recognize how you are different from everyone else. It is not a sin to be different in fact this alone will set you apart. Your self-image should not be rooted in what others think, your personal fears, or even your failures. Rather, your self-image should be found in your individuality and potential as a valued woman.
You will go farther in your life, when you get a self-image that you are always a giant and not a grasshopper. Grasshoppers can be crushed under the foot of anyone & can be unfocused, but a giant is easily recognizable and cannot be silenced easily.
So, which are you a grasshopper or a giant? I would love to hear. Leave me a comment below.
Eryka T. Johnson