God intends for us to feel good about who we are at every stage of life.
Focus on working the following 3 areas:
- working in a career which matches your gifts and abilities
- deepening your relationships with family and friends
- and knowing God in a more personal way
Growing and strengthening in these three areas will help your self-image to improve.
Self-image is how we see ourselves. Self-esteem is how we value ourselves. Quite often these two concepts are linked together. If a person has a low self-image, they also will not value themselves very much. The reverse is true. A person who does not value themselves much tends to have a limited view of who they are as a person.
In discussions of self-image and self-esteem, Christians often raise questions about pride and humility. Pride is claiming that all we are is the result of our own effort and strength. Pride implies that God and other people have not contributed to our lives. We claim to be self-made people.
As you understand who you are and work through the issues at midlife, then you should feel better about yourself.
Humility means that we accurately assess who we are, with both strengths and weaknesses. "Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you" (Romans 12:3b).
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