S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
The Lord is my shepherd, I will not be in need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Certainly goodness and faithfulness will follow me all the days of my life, and my dwelling will be in the house of the Lord forever. Psalms 23:1-6 NASB
This Psalm is for all who have fought battles and carry burdens—and who struggle with low self-image. 85% of the world’s population are impacted by poor self-image and most of us have no idea how to deal with it. Four components of self-image are:
Here is David—who went through many literal battles, experienced every conceivable danger—and his very first two words reflect his keen awareness that it all starts and depends on “The LORD.”
Through the highs and lows you’ve experienced, have you come to the personal realization that it ALL starts and depends on “The LORD”?
Are you in the 85%?
In your life, what component of self-image is the healthiest? Unhealthiest?
Who do you uniquely impact when it comes to THEIR self-image?
Lord, I need you to be my shepherd, because sometimes I act like a sheep! You put 100 billion galaxies in the universe, and yet you care for me. Guide me to a healthy self-image so that I can better serve you and the people in my life.