Below is an excerpt from an email I received recently.
The mental image suggested conveys feelings that many would identify with.
A weary traveler, tired from carrying too much baggage for too long.
Only when we are able to put down our baggage and move forward with a better understanding of what (and whose) we really are.
We are wonderfully made.
We are made for greatness.
To hold ourselves up against any other standards is a mistake.
Make it a great day.
“I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
I f I (JCD) were to draw a caricature of an adult experiencing a lifelong crisis of confidence, I would depict a bowed, weary traveler. Over his shoulder, I would place the end of a mile‐long chain attached to tons of garbage. Inscribed on each piece of junk would be the details of some humiliation–a failure, a rejection, an embarrassment from the past. The traveler could let go of the chain, but he is convinced that he must drag that heavy load throughout life.
If this describes your own self‐concept, realize that you can free yourself from the weight of your chain. You have judged yourself inferior based on shifting standards. In the 1920s, women asked plastic surgeons to reduce their breast size–now many women undergo surgery to do just the opposite. In King Solomon’s biblical love song, the bride asked her groom to overlook her dark, well‐tanned skin–but in our country today, she’d be the pride of the beach. Rembrandt painted overweight ladies, but now, “thin is in.”
To be content with who we are as God’s creations, we must base our self‐image on His values, not on the fickle notions of human worth.