Foundations of Self-image
Importance of Self-image
Self-image is how one perceives himself ... positively or negatively. Self-image is important because how one feels and thinks about himself affects the way he acts. For example, when ten of the spies (who were sent to explore the land of Canaan) perceived themselves as grasshoppers (in comparison to the tall inhabitants of the land) they concluded that they were unable to take possession of the land. They acted in fear (Num. 13: 31-33). Low self-esteem may lead to behavioural problems.
Weak or Strong Foundations?
The important question in self-image is, "What is the basis of our self-image ... our own preconceptions ... the evaluation of others?" What is the true foundation of our self-image?
Our world deems appearance as important in life. There is no escape from this reality! Take a look at the billion-dollar beauty and media industries. Besides physique, the other sources of self-image for many are performance and possessions. We live in a performance-oriented society ... you get praise and reward based on performance. People are also admired for their material possessions especially branded goods.
Physical appearance cannot be a strong foundation for self-image because we age. Moreover, God values a man's inner disposition and character rather than his outward appearance.