Pilot Knob Lutheran          Self-Image              1/10/2024

In light of last week’s communique, ‘New or Improved,’ I want to say, God does not create junk!! Therefore, there is no room for telling yourself or another they are worthless or no good. On the other hand, the choices made and lifestyle chosen can lead to a worthless or wasted life, but that does not mean you or someone is worthless. Jesus suffered and died for everyone and so they have value. In addition, we are all made in God’s image. That alone provides value and a healthy self-image guided by God’s word and not the bankrupt values of the world. If you or someone you know suffers from a negative self-image it takes work to overcome. For example: make a list of ten talents, character traits, physical traits, talents, abilities, accomplishments and so on that set you apart. Ask someone to help you if you have a hard time. Also on the list, include five traits you see as negative. Write down some ideas for how you can turn the negatives into positives. Consider people in your life who make you feel good about who you are and why they make you feel that way. Avoid if you can negative people. Watch the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. George Bailey felt his life was of no value until an angel shows him what life would have been like without him. We all influence someone for the good. No exceptions. A poor self-image develops slowly over the years so we cannot expect an overnight miracle. It requires persistent work and patience, replacing negative self-talk (lies) with positive ones (truth). Consider what God has to say to you: Psalm 8:4-5 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. Isaiah 43:1 But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Matthew 10:29-30 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way:Today: 3:45 Confirmation class. Sunday 14, 9:00 AM Morning worship service.

Sermon: The Lamb of God               10:15 Sunday school.       

Baptism: Luella Kay Holland.        Gideon representative.  

January 21, 2-3:30   GriefShare. Please tell others. For more information go to: or contact Pr. Bob or Sue Reese.

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