We tend to be hard on ourselves while others are a bit more lenient. What's the proper starting point for a correct self-image?
[Darris McNeely] What's the image that you have of yourself? Is it overly optimistic or perhaps a little bit too hard? There have been a number of ads that have been on the internet lately for Dove beauty products. Dove brought a forensic artist into a studio, and they brought people in to have their picture drawn behind a curtain as they described themselves to a forensic artist. Usually as the video pieces show, people are a little harder on themselves and come up with a harsher view as this image on the left shows. What they then had the people do who were being drawn is they talked with someone else, a third person, and then that third person sat down behind the curtain and described who they had just talked to for the artist, and a completely different picture was drawn by the description that they gave, what you see on the right. And so it comes down to a matter of how we look at ourselves and as the ads tend to portray, we're a little bit harder on ourselves than perhaps someone else may be.
And as someone else sees us, then they see us with perhaps more beauty, more character, a different image than what we might see about ourselves. Where does the truth lie? And really what is the key approach that we should have towards that? These ads have created quite a sensation when it comes to how people have reacted to them. There have even been spoofs made about them, but I think that there's an important point that brings us back to a correct self-image that we have, and hopefully something that's a bit more accurate and more toward what God has about us. What is your self-image of yourself? How do you form it? What do you base it on? There's a scripture in Galatians 2:20 Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
American King James Version×that I think the Apostle Paul creates an image of himself as he looked at himself that presents a template for you and I as we create and work toward a truer, accurate image of ourselves that's one that's based upon Jesus Christ.
Paul wrote, he said, "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me." That's a pretty important verse. Therein I think lies the basis for a correct image of ourselves, one that is based upon a life that is lived through Jesus Christ in us. When we can get to that point, then we are on the way toward a correct, accurate self-image, one that has truer values and more accuracy than anything that we may be able to put on through any artificial means ourselves or through some temporary fix that we might have. Think about the image that you have, that is the image of Jesus Christ in you living His life and demonstrating His character for all people to see. That's the proper self-image.
For BT Daily, I'm Darris McNeely. Join us next time.