Self Esteem and Reaching Your Dreams

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Your level of confidence is usually directly proportionate to the intensity of drive or motivation to reach your dreams.

We each have probably seen movies in which a main character discovers that he or she has a terminal illness and suddenly chooses to overcome any intimidation or other hindrance that has kept him from fulfilling all those dreams he had of things he wanted to experience in this life. 

Think of all the dreams you would like to achieve between this moment and the conclusion of your life on this earth.  What has held you back?  Sometimes there are financial considerations in play, but many times the hindrance is something as simple as a lack of self esteem; either you fear what other people would think if you did those things or you have fears regarding your abilities.

There is a good historical illustration how major life dreams can be accomplished in spite of one’s self esteem not being at its best.

Most of us are familiar with the account of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs.  Moses was a Jew that had been raised in Pharaoh’s household as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  When he reached adulthood, the suffering of his nation, who was serving as the Egyptians slaves, greatly distressed him.  He desired to deliver his people from slavery.  However, Moses took the matter into his own hands during a moment of anger, murdered an Egyptian who was mistreating a Jew, and had to flee for his life.  For the next 40 years, this man who had been raised in royalty with the best education and all the wealth of Egypt was living a nomadic life herding sheep in the desert.  At that point, Moses evidently never believed that his life would amount to anything spectacular, much less that he would be the deliverer for his people as he had once dreamed.  Then he had a message from God,

“I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth My people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”  And Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  God said, “I will surely be with you.”  Ex.3:10-11

Notice that Moses self esteem was not up to the challenge, “Who am I that I should go?”  There is a record in the books of Exodus of the lengthy discussion in which Moses talked about the fear of his lack of abilities.

Moses said to the Lord, “O, Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue.”  And the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth?…Is it not I, the Lord?  Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and will teach you what you shall say.”  Ex.4:10-12

As we all know from history, Moses left his sheep-herding days behind him and became the deliverer he had once dreamed of even though Moses’ self esteem was not what it needed to be to achieve that dream.  What made the difference?  How did Moses accomplish such an outstanding dream in spite of a lack of self confidence?  The difference came when Moses realized that God was with him (Ex.3:11;4:12,15) in accomplishing his destiny, the dream of his life. 
A positive change in the levels of your dreams being fulfilled comes once you realize that your dreams are God-given desires related to your destiny.

Your destiny, your purpose for existence on this earth, is God-given. Your personality with its dreams and desires, if you are staying focused on your destiny, are also God-given.  When this realization takes hold in your spirit, you self esteem gains a new unlimited level of confidence due to the knowledge that God is with you to enable you to accomplish those dreams.

Leave behind whatever has hindered you from going after your life dreams.  Any lack of self esteem will be overcome as you stay focused on that fact that nothing can stop the fulfillment of the dreams that are a part of your destiny because God Himself says, “I will be with you.”

Concept inspired from an article in Faith to Faith, April 28th post, c.1992, by Gloria Copeland.

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