Everyone experiences mental, emotional, and/or spiritual traumas in life. It's not a matter of "if" such situations will touch us but "when." If we look over the course of our lives, we find there have been many moments when our mental, emotional, and/or spiritual health has been under attack. The sources of our traumas can be from a variety of people, situations, and circumstances. When these crises occur, our response to the situation will play an integral and possibly a pivotal role in how we live life from those defining moments forward. How we deal with challenges can affect our self-esteem, the direction we take in life, our relationships, our social success, our attitudes, our goals, and our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. This book provides positive and simple answers to gain and maintain M.E.S.H. - mental, emotional, and spiritual health for life.
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The problem with self-esteem is that we usually base our worth on what we believe other people think of us. Each of us has been greatly affected in how we view ourselves by parents, teachers, siblings, peers, other relatives, friends, pastors, employers, and other people that are significant to us. As a result of basing our worth on what we believe others think of us,...perhaps 99% of all people ... struggle with a low self-image.
The standards the world has established by which we measure self-esteem lead us to have a concern as to how we feel others view us. These worldly standards are "learned" and are often changing. the world's standards, to name just a few, are: appearance, clothes, education, accomplishments, housing, family reputation, vocation, financial well-being, automobile, social standing, and church attendance...
It is necessary to see ourselves as God sees us - not as other human beings see us. If an assessment of a person's self-esteem is based on any standard or measure other than the agape (unconditional with no strings attached) love of God, the assessment is seriously flawed...
Except we measure our worth by the work, example, and attitude of our Heavenly Father, Who created us, gave His Son for us, and with mercy and persistence offers us His mercy and grace, we are left to the destructive competitive-comparison of ourselves with others...
We do not need to base our worth upon the affirmation of others. We have the most perfect affirmation through our Heavenly Father. God's agape love is defined as giving His all to enable us to become all that He intends without expecting anything in return.
The note of great encouragement is that when people are properly prepared with understanding of: (1) themselves, (2) how their problems developed, (3) the elements, dynamics, and processes for healing and growth, and (4) the dynamics of M.E.S.H., healing and maturity is often instantaneous (or nearly so) and permanent. When pointed in the right direction with proper encouragement, growth can be rather spectacular. We have testimonies from many, many people and have observed their steadfastness over the years. Such healing is a hallmark of the M.E.S.H. principle.