While reading in my social problems text the other day, I ran across a statement that really impacted me. It was, "people come to see themselves as they think others see them." This is unbelievably true. Our perception of who we are is all too often built upon others' perception of us. Too many times there are those in life who choose to be the sandpaper that smooths our rough edges. Not everyone who sees us sees good in us. There are those who don't value our worth and thus we often start seeing ourselves as less than what God would have us to be. We become blinded to the abilities that God has given us.
Then, there are those that see exactly the opposite. They see that our strengths outweigh our weaknesses and they build our self worth. Fortunately, there have been a few individuals in my life that see me as smarter, stronger, and more capable than I really think I am. Their view of me and their encouraging words helped me strive to become what I felt they saw in me. Those individuals are responsible for helping me overcome many insecurities. I know God's word tells me that I am more than a conqueror and He constantly encourages me with His gentle Spirit. But, thankfully, in addition to what He sees, there are others who have been responsible to create in me a longing to be what I think they see. Kevin, Staci, Annette, Ann, Becky and Bro. Hargrove are just a few who have succeeded in raising me up. There are others but time would fail me to name them all. To you I say thank you - You raise me up! I feel stronger, smarter, and more capable when I am with you.
After contemplating all of this the other day, it became even clearer to me that I want to be the one to raise others up. I want to encourage them to see themselves as strong and capable individuals. I don't want to be the one who breaks down their sense of self worth. I don't want them to feel less than what they are when they are with me. I don't want to ooze cynicism. But, instead I want to be led by God to see others for what He has in store for them. I want to be the spark that lights the fire of boldness in someone to become the person God wants them to be.
Lord, help me to see excellence in every being You have created.
Help me to see their true worth and to look
through Your eyes of love!