People flourish in an atmosphere where they are approved, accepted and valued. On the contrary, an environment that is harsh and disapproving limits self-esteem and holds you back in life.
One time, I read about a study that revealed that 59% of CEOs are firstborn children. Think about how the firstborn is usually treated by their parents and grandparents—everything that child does is so amazing! That first smile, that first word, that first step—each "first" is seen as the most magnificent event of the year. That constant recognition builds confidence and security and sets them up for a lifetime of success.
Maybe you weren't the firstborn in your family, or maybe your parents didn't invest in you the way you needed and deserved. Today, know that your heavenly Father is amazed by you! You are the apple of His eye. He will always treat you like His most valuable child. He applauds you every time you take a step of faith. He's always speaking encouraging words into your heart, saying, "You can rise higher. You can do all things. You can fulfill your destiny."
Today, let those words sink down deeply into your heart and let them build confidence in you. When you receive God's love and encouragement, it will empower you to do more than you ever thought possible! With His love, you can wake up every day with an attitude of faith and expectancy. With His love, you don't have to live guilty or condemned; you don't have to feel like you don't measure up. You may have made some mistakes, but just like a parent helps their child when they are learning to walk, God's love will help you get right back up anytime you fall. With His love, all things are possible!
"For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs." (Zephaniah 3:17, NLT)