“Most people with low self-esteem have earned it.” is an interesting quote by George Carlin. It certainly has merit because it is about ‘merit’. He is saying insecurity may be earned. It certainly doesn’t come from grace! Thank God!
For people life may be a constant struggle to find security and meaning even when things are going well as well as when things are going bad. Without understanding what God really can impart to us when we believe, it can get pretty heart-wrenching. Often well-meaning religious people push the hurt even deeper.
I have met people who think they know all about God and their lives are wrapped up and focused on judgement and performance.Because of what God wrought in Christ we don’t have to swallow and accept this as ‘life just as it is’!
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We don’t have to earn anything, we just have to accept that something bigger than us has given us our value that is far greater than what we could gain from a title, wealth, prestige, education or from religion (Yes religion!). We just have to believe it and use it! It is not earned! Remember chapter 1:6 of Ephesians (What a book!) We are to be:
Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
So why waste all that effort on low self-esteem. Give it up! and read Ephesians!