A friend of mine recently went to see a psychologist, who told him to write down one thing he likes about himself. My friend told me he couldn’t think of anything to write. “I don’t know what I should do,” He said to me, “I just can’t think of anything I like about myself.”
So I said, “How about this? Write down things you’re grateful God has done in your life.” Immediately his face brightened as if a weight had lifted from him. Though he couldn’t think of anything he liked about himself he could think of innumerable blessings God had heaped on him. God’s word is filled with blessings he showers on us when we believe in Jesus.
Here are a few.
He gives us eternal life.
He fills us with his Holy Spirit and gives us new hearts.
Because of Jesus’ blood he forgives every single one of our sins and clothes us with Christ’s perfect righteousness.
He gives us gifts of the Spirit.
He breaks the dominion of sin in our lives, and gives us power to live victoriously.
Jesus ever lives to intercede for us and invites us to draw near his throne of grace for help in time of need.
God himself promises to guide and counsel us.
He takes us from one degree of glory to another and forms Christ’s own likeness in us. He provides for us, protects us and delivers us from evil.
He teaches and instructs us.
His steadfast love toward us never ceases and his mercies are new every morning.
He is always with us and holds our right hand.
He causes all things – past, present, and future, good and evil, everything in history, all our successes and all our failures – all things – to work together for our good.
He rewards every single act of kindness we do in his name, down to giving someone a drink of water.
He makes us joint-heirs with himself and fills us his own joy.
He gives us brothers and sisters to support and encourage us.
And he assures us that nothing will ever be able to separate us from his love.
How about this? Write down things you’re grateful God has done in your life.
And if all this is not enough, Ephesians tells us God will spend the coming ages showing us “the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness in toward us in Christ Jesus” (2:7).
So rather than us trying to think of why we are good enough, smart enough, and why doggone it, people should like us, let’s think about all the ways God has blessed us and give him thanks for these.