If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We are not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought. (Romans 12:3) But as children of God, (Genesis 1:27) we are also not to think more lowly of ourselves than we ought.
—Carl Brecheen and Paul Faulkner, What Every Family Needs
Search God’s Word and find out how He feels about you. That’s the true basis of all self-worth. If a perfect God can love and accept you with full knowledge of all your imperfections, then the message to you is “Lighten up on yourself!”
Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
—Saint Francis DeSales
Building self-esteem often has a lot to do with your relationship with the Lord. If you’re close to the Lord, you’re handsome or beautiful because His love and light shine through.
—David Brandt Berg
When people compliment you, pay attention! Repeat the compliment to yourself. Don’t downplay or dismiss it. Why should your own negative voice be louder than the positive voice of a friend?
—Carole M. Wallace
Christianity tells us we ought to love ourselves because God loves us. We are not centers of wholeness and goodness all by ourselves. We are of infinite worth because we are the apple of God’s eye.
—William Kirk Kilpatrick
Each of us is unique in God’s eyes. Each of us is an individual, and He wants us to express our individuality. He’s not trying to press us all into one mold, so that we all look the same and act the same, and do things exactly the same way.