Thursday, March 7, 2013

Does everyone hate themselves? Just a little bit?

I hate myself.  Maybe it's just me, but I don't think so.  I even say it out loud sometimes.  I try not to say it out loud at work, because it does sound a little crazy when someone else hears the words.  It doesn't sound crazy to me, at all.  I'm used to hearing the words in my head dozens of times each day.  But when my husband hears me say it out loud he looks at me like I may be a little crazy.  Or maybe he's just sad for me.  I don't think my husband ever hears those words in his head.

I try to figure out why I'm so tough on myself and I hardly ever let myself off the hook.  I mostly blame my parents.  I mean, isn't it your parents that really screw you up?  I think my kid thinks this about me sometimes.  I tell myself that I'm over my childhood.  I'm an adult and I'm responsible for my own feelings and thoughts.  My parents did the best they could with what they had.  I was a rebellious child.  I'm sure I made it tough on them.

I feel it is insulting to God to tell myself that I hate myself when I know how much he loves me.  I've been told it is the devil that is always in my ear, telling me I'm not good and I don't deserve self-love.  It's such a struggle.  That negative voice is SCREAMING in my head and the voice of God is still and soft.  I know I am to be accountable for every word I utter.  I know Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount that hating my brother is the same as murdering him.  So when I say I hate myself am I committing suicide?

It's such a dilemma.  I don't hate myself enough to allow myself too much discomfort or pain.  I'm not keeping creature comforts like too much food and a soft bed and too much idleness from being in my life, but then I am so disappointed and loathing of myself because I've done those things.  When have I been good enough?  Which day will I have accomplished enough to tell myself, "well done?" 

There are bible studies devoted to having biblical self esteem.  Maybe I was born in the wrong time.  Maybe being born in this time when having high self esteem was the most important thing one could have makes it so noticeable that I'm different.  I certainly am not part of the YouTube generation.  I know I can't do anything.  I know that if pride is a sin, then pride is something done in a shoddy manner must be worse than a sin.

I'm searching for the cure.  I'm looking for the balance between loving myself and not indulging myself.  The balance between striving to do better and hating myself when I don't meet my own standard.  I can't get this self-appreciation from outside of myself.  I'm going to have to pull it out from within myself.  I've made some inroads to recovery by focusing on the things I am grateful to have in my life.  But even that is a double edged sword.  If I can't think of something I'm grateful to have immediately, I think of myself as being selfish and ungrateful because I know I am so blessed.

One thing I know for sure is that because I have the Holy Spirit living in my heart, I will be able  to find this love of self.  Maybe I can learn to accept this feeling of self-loathing and then remind myself I am completely loved and accepted by the creator of the universe, so what I think of me is much less important than what he thinks of me.  I don't want to set my bar lower.  I see too much dumbing down and acceptance of mediocrity to lower my standards.

What have you done to be an overcomer of this condition of self-hate?

I'm linking with Emily today at Imperfect Prose on Thursday

210.  Anticipation of meeting up with old friends
211.  Seeing sunshine after a gray, dreary day yesterday
212.  Daffodiles
213.  Forsythias
214.  The color yellow (it's such a happy color)


  1. Hi Happygirl,

    I love that God calls us his masterpieces, and says things like "he delights in us." My trick is to really internalize that on some days.  May the Artist whisper that to you today too. :)

    Nice to meet you. I'm hopping over from Imperfect Prose's link up.

    Jennifer Dougan

  2. i had this discussion with someone once... i don't think i have ever hated myself. been upset with, not particularly liked a certain trait but not hate... any way the person said it would be hard for them to ever hate something God created. which i thought was crazy at first, but it does tie in with loving even your enemies, which He calls us to do. so if you have to love your enemies, then you sort of have to love yourself :) which even the strongest of us could not love our enemies without the holy spirit, so yes i agree with you with it, the HS, you can find love of self. oh and btw he also does call us to love ourselves... you know as our neighbors and all that stuff. i like your post, it was real, and i like real :) visiting from IP.

  3. You have a remarkable ability to be transparent and to share things that many people would keep quiet. I pray that in your self examination, the Holy Spirit will indeed, whisper the truth of who you are in Christ so that you hear it down deep. You are a beautiful creation because you were made in God's image. Grace and peace to you.

  4. I think we could be soul sisters...
    Thanks for being so transparent.
    I find it helps to go to my sister in Christ.  
    She sees the best in me, when I can't see it in myself.
    I wish I had a foolproof answer...
    it's something I still struggle with.
    I'm glad that I'm not 'alone' in it, but makes me sad 
    to know that there are so many others out there who struggle with this.
    May we all find our beauty & self appreciation in the God who loves us more than we can know.

  5. I don't like to think of you hating yourself.  

  6. My parents were always so careful to build me up, and I can honestly say I've wished to be BETTER but never OTHER than who I am. I still hear their voices in my head, cheering me on. Psalm 139 is helpful to me, too. I think you're wonderful and hope you can someday see yourself as others do.

  7. I'm late getting to this, but I wanted to respond. I understand the frustration of bring human and living w/ our failures all the time, but I encourage you not to hate yourself. We are valuable to God, even in our fallen state. Otherwise, Christ would not have bothered to come and redeem us. We are children of God. We will never be perfected on this earth, but we are not to hate ourselves, just as we are not to hate others. Your honesty is so refreshing, though. We certainly all get discouraged. I hate that I can't overcome certain weaknesses in my life. But, as God's child, I know I always have value to Him.

  8. I acknowledge my character defects. And I humbly ask my HP to remove them from me. At the same time, I think of my assets and that helps to balance the image of myself. Having a list of affirmations about myself also helps.

  9. I can relate to this!Like you I m trying to find a way to break through...


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