Denzel Washington and My Self-Esteem Bucket

I watched an interview with two-time Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington today. His new movie (he directed and acted), coming to the theaters on Christmas Day, is called The Great Debaters . The story follows a black southern debate team during the Great Depression as they pursue the challenges of debating the white teams. Denzel knows exactly who he is!

He told how he starts and ends his day with prayer, asking for guidance, protection, and even more "thank You's". He talked about how everyone has his little bucket of self-esteem and all day long people are tipping his bucket, trying to empty it out. He said he has to refill that bucket, sometimes several times a day, and the only way to refill it is to maintain his inner peace. How does he refill it? Denzel runs to the Lord for His refills. His mother always told him, "Man gives the AWARD, God gives the REWARD."

He stuck me as a very humble man in spite of his huge accomplishments and awards. His comments also brought up a question inside of me. Do I know who I am? If I do, how do I know? And where do I run to fill up my own bucket of self-esteem? Here's my refill station and what I know about myself.

I am God's child (John 1:12)

I am Christ's friend (John 15:15)

I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)

I am bought with a price (1 Cor. 6: 19-20)

I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1: 1)

I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1: 8)

I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt. 5: 13-14)

I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)

I am free forever from condemnation (Rom. 8: 1-2)

I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil.3: 20)

I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)

I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor.5: 17-21)

I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)

I am imprisoned with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2: 6)

I can not be separated from the love of God (Rom.8: 35-39)

I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor.1: 21-22)

I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28)

I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)

I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)

I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)

I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3:16).

I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)

I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3: 3).

I have been justified (Romans 5: 1)

I am God's co-worker (1 Cor .. 3: 9; 2 Cor 6: 1).

I am God's workmanship (Eph.2: 10)

I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil 1: 5)

I have been redeemed and forgiven (Col.1: 14).

I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1: 5)

I belong to God !!! I am God's Girl and He cherishes me! Now that builds my esteem! Yep, my bucket is full today! (C) 2007 April Lorier