Parents who are concerned about their children’s progress at each stage of their development, as nearly all parents are, need to realize what an important role a child’s self-image plays toward that end. Children with positive feelings about themselves, who believe they can succeed, are far more likely to.
Children make their first judgments about themselves and their abilities in the context of their home. Parents can find opportunities every day to develop their children’s self-confidence, which in the long run will help them grow into well-adjusted, well-rounded adults.
God doesn’t go very much for bigness after the manner of this world. In fact, He specializes in using people who seem most likely not to succeed; yet by the miraculous power and grace of God they become shining lights to others. God only makes great people out of little people, to show His greatness.1
Dare to trust Him in spite of yourself, and give Him all the credit when He does the miracle—what you couldn’t do. If you can believe in God, everything is possible, because He makes everything out of nothing. We’re all nothing and can do nothing good of ourselves.2 God is like the circle around the nothing that makes it something. With God all around you, even your nothing can be something. In fact, you can be almost anything!
I woke up one morning to a perfect day, the kind that begged me to run outside and smell the fresh dew on the grass and soak up the splendor of the early morning rays. But this day I barely glanced out the window. I ignored the image of perfection and headed straight to the mirror. I didn’t like what I saw.
Once upon a mountaintop, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.
The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: “I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!”
The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. “I want to travel mighty waters and carry powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!”
If you sometimes feel like nothing, cheer up! God can use you. Little is much if God is in it. In fact, God doesn’t have to have anything to begin with. He made the world out of nothing (Hebrews 11:3). Pretty good old world, isn’t it? He hung it on nothing (Job 26:7). Hangs pretty good, doesn’t it? And He can make something out of nothing—even you—if you will let Him.
God doesn’t go very much for greatness after the manner of this world. In fact, He specializes in using people who seem most likely not to succeed; yet by the miraculous power and grace of God they become shining lights to others. God only makes great people out of little people, to show His greatness (1 Corinthians 1:26–29).