Wisdom 2:12,17-20; Psalms 54:3-4,5,6-8; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37
In a “Charlie Brown” cartoon, little Linus, battling with a case of low self-esteem asks Lucy, “Why are you always so eager to criticize me?” Lucy, looking very self-righteous, replies, “I just think I have a knack for seeing other people’s faults.” Linus turns indignant. “What about your own faults?” he asks. “I have a knack for overlooking them,” Lucy says.
In another “Peanuts” Comic Strip, Charlie Brown worries about his chronic, lifelong sense of low self-esteem. He says to Linus, “It goes all the way back to the beginning. The moment I was born and stepped on the stage of history, they took one look at me and said, ‘Not right for the part!'” Unfortunately, many of us can identify with our friends Linus and Charlie Brown. We forget that God looks at us and says, “You are right for the part, and no one else can replace you. You are unique. No matter what your faults may be you are special. You are…