Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Faul T. Reezning on Self-Esteem

Greetings once again, ladies and gentleman, fans, groupies and gushing admirers!  It is I, Faul T. Reezning; grandson of the famous German philosopher Eishur Kant Thinkwell.

Well, my friends, the Bible has much to say about following the examples of great men that have gone before us.  Today I would like to take this opportunity to talk to you about one of my favorite examples.  One of shrewd and cunning intellect, the pundit of pundits and the savant of savants, one whose great shining beams of humility will surely help light your path in this dark world; me.

One of our dear readers writes:

Faul,

Brother, you sure are something else. What in the world happened to you to make you what you are today? I would like to know so that I can help my children avoid the wrong paths.

That, my friend, is an awesome question. Naturally we would all like to know more about those that we wish to emulate. So let me tell you all about me.

It wasn’t easy becoming who I am today. I wasn’t just born this way and I didn’t just fall into it either, although my ability to grasp confusing thoughts has seemed to come more naturally since the head trauma. What was I saying? .... Oh yea, I am simply the product of my environment; a product of my parents’ parental choices and the thinking of the church that raised me. I am them.

More than anyone else, though, I probably owe what I am today to my father, Faul N. Reezning. What a man! That quick logical mind of mine that twists and turns and so often leaves people scratching their heads in awe and wonder, I got that from my father.

Oh, how often my father used to look me in the eye and say “Faul, you have to believe in yourself! You have to learn to love yourself! You have to value and esteem yourself! Self-esteem is such a very fragile thing Faul; be very careful not to lose it.”

As I grew older the church at large echoed my father’s sentiments. It would say to me “Faul, you have to believe in yourself! You have to learn to love yourself before you can obey God and love others. Jesus died for you Faul, doesn’t that show you just how much you must be worth!”

So with all the humility I could muster from deep down within myself I would say to myself everyday things like “Faul, you are something special.” You are incredibly important!” or “You are worthy of esteem!” I’ve said those things to myself since I was a young child and I’ve never stopped saying them. And the more I say it the more I believe it and the more I believe it the more I want to say it. Me, me, me, me, me, me, what a wonderful subject!

“But Faul,” you ask, “is this attitude biblical?” Don’t be silly, the Bible speaks of men esteeming themselves in Isaiah 2: 11-22 and men loving themselves in 2 Timothy 3:1, 2. And anyhow, are you really going to argue with thousands of Christian psychologists who have spent hundreds of hours of study and thousands of dollars to learn everything they know from men like Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Abraham Maslow and others? Are you familiar with the character of those men?! Are you?

I mean, Jesus didn’t die for people because they were wretched and deserving of death, did He? Man, some of you Christians act as if there are none righteous, not even one. Like there are none who understand and none who seek after God. You act as if all men have turned aside and become unprofitable and useless, almost as if there are none who does good, not even one. Where do you people get this stuff!!! Do you realize that you could cause people to feel guilty? Then what would you say to them?

If you think that a high self-esteem is one of the most important things in life; then be of good cheer, you think just like me.

That is your Faul T. Reezning for today.

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