Taking Charge of Your Life

Chapter 1 - Your Purpose

Your self-image – a central factor

A major block to taking charge of our lives is an unrealistic self-image.

Psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud writes about the central importance of our self-esteem.

'What constitutes your identity and how you view yourself in terms of self-esteem is a crucial aspect of mental health.'  Dr Raj Persaud, Staying Sane

Our sense of self-worth determines how we function in every area of our lives:

  • Our sense of purpose
  • Our feelings
  • Our behaviour
  • Our relationships
  • Our careers

The Scriptures have a great deal to say about personal attitudes. Note, in the quote below, what is written about how we should think of ourselves.

'Think of yourself with sober judgement.'  Romans 12:3, NIV 

We need to recognise the things we can and cannot do well. A modern translation puts it this way:

'Have a sane estimate of your capabilities.'  Romans 12:3, Phillips

An understanding of our worth and our self-acceptance is a recurring theme in this series. It is an essential factor in emotional health and happiness.