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Self-Esteem Insurance, Part 2 of 2

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series.  If you have not read Part 1 you can find it here.

What kind of insurance do you value?
What kind of insurance would you like someone to invent?

I would invent foolproof self-esteem insurance. 

Self-esteem insurance would protects us against inevitable emotional pain and loss in case of an “accident”.

A self-esteem accident might include:
When we hurt someone’s feelings, or some else hurts us
When we use hurtful words; or others wound us with their words.
When we wound or are wounded with inconsiderate actions, intentional or not.

Seeking to offer memorable coverage I would offer and promote A.A.A, “Triple A”, coverage.

“Triple A” Coverage”
A – Access your strengths
A – Admit your weaknesses
A – Accept help from others

By assessing our strengths we keep in mind the things we’re good at when life’s accidents happen.
By admitting our weaknesses we limit our risk from an accident in an area of weakness.
– Angry people can be aware of their triggers.
– Fearful people can be aware of their weaknesses.
– Controlling people can be aware of the challenges they may encounter.
And, by accepting help from others we may maximize our strengths and minimize our weaknesses.

Despite the peace and confidence I gain from that kind of “Triple A” coverage, the truth is that in this world we will always struggle with something. There will be tears in our eyes, death, sorrow, crying and pain. It’s inevitable.

Fortunately, it’s not forever. Those who trust in and follow Jesus Christ will join God in eternity.

“Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” *

That’s great news for then, but for now life continues with it’s challenges. “Triple A” coverage helps our self-esteem stabilize, but until then we’ll have to deal with both the beauty and tragedy of life’s struggles.

U2’s song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” captures this concept with beauty and tragedy:

I believe in the Kingdom Come
Then all the colours will bleed into one
Bleed into one.
But yes, I’m still running.

You broke the bonds
And you loosed the chains
Carried the cross of my shame
Oh my shame, you know I believe it.

But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for.
But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for.

Complete peace of mind is elusive, but “Triple A” self-esteem insurance will help us have more peace of mind.

* From Revelation 21:3-4, NLT

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