No. A personal relationship is what I try to communicate. And also, I try to communicate the implications of that of following Jesus. I say following Christ is like marriage. You say, “I do,” and you don’t realize the implications of that decision until later on. I’ve been married for almost 25 years and I’m still discovering the implications of that decision. The same is true with Jesus Christ. You receive Christ and you realize the implications of that as you walk and talk and live in sync with him.
The second goal in my life is to show people that they matter. You matter to God. You’re not an after thought. You’re not an accident. You’re a one of a kind. You have unique gifts and abilities and aptitudes and talents that no one else has. You have something to bring to the table that I can’t bring to the table. I have something to bring to the table that you can’t bring to the table.
Well, how do I discover that? I discover that by this vertical thing. I have a passion for props. When I get my primary props from God, I’m on my way. But let me add to the definition.
A healthy self-esteem is seeing myself the way God sees me, but it also is surrounding myself with the right “they.” Because the right “they” give me the secondary props. God gives me the primary props. The right “they” gives me the secondary props. And the right “they” reflect Jesus back to me and they encourage me and support me to look vertically to Jesus.
Who are “they” in your life? You reflect they; they reflect you. If you’ve got the wrong “they” in your life you don’t know who you are. You have no clue about your identity. If you’ve got the right “they” in your life, I’ll bet cash money that you know who you are because they’re pointing you to Jesus Christ.