A Narcissistic Generation

Sharon Pop-Culture, Relationships, Self-esteem 1 Comment

Greek mythology tells the story of a man named Narcissus who was exceptionally cruel, even to those who loved him. As a punishment from the gods for a life poorly-lived, Narcissus was cursed to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. Not realizing it was his own, Narcissus was so captivated by his image that …

The Only Voice That Matters is Yours

Sharon Pop-Culture, Self-esteem, Worldview 1 Comment

Ever since I was a small child I can remember watching valiant attempts at effective, anti-drug campaigns on t.v. Who can forget the famous father and son drug confrontation??–“I learned it from watching you!” (In case you aren’t familiar with this 80’s classic, you can check it out here) Twenty years later those commercials still pepper the television. And while some …

The Unending Battle Over Body Image

Sharon Body Image, Self-esteem 1 Comment

This is an old post, but when I went to the gym yesterday and saw a dozen girls who were 10 pounds underweight killing themselves on the treadmill, and THEN I felt insecure about my own size, I decided it was time for this reminder. This is something that we women all need to hear on a regular basis… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ …

High School Reunion, Here I Come!

Sharon Discipleship, Self-esteem 4 Comments

When I was a little girl in the not-so-popular crowd, staying home on the weekends to study while the cool kids were out having fun with their friends, my mom always comforted me with the following words of experience: “Don’t worry, honey. When I went back to my high school reunion, all the popular kids had gotten fat.” Ok maybe …

A New Kind of Eating Disorder

Sharon Body Image, Self-esteem 1 Comment

As a minister to women, I frequently work with young ladies who suffer from eating disorders. Though I personally have never struggled with this particular issue, it clearly plagues a large percentage or our present female culture. It is almost indiscriminating when it comes to age group–women from the age of 11 to 50 are fighting their bodies as they …

The Bible is Not a Self-Help Book

Sharon Pop-Culture, Self-esteem, Theology 6 Comments

If you ever wander into the women’s section of a Christian bookstore, you are sure to find one thing–self-help books. They may carry spiritual titles and use Scriptural language, but at their core they’re about one thing–helping you. Maybe you don’t like your marriage, or you have a bad relationship with your dad, or someone hurt you in the past …

C.S. Lewis on Being Yourself

Sharon Self-esteem, Theology 1 Comment

Has anyone ever told you to “be yourself?”   I find myself telling people to “be themselves” quite a bit. When applying for a job, going on a date, preaching a message, writing an article, and the list goes on and on, that is the token advice we give. And for good reason–it’s so tempting to mimic other peoples’ styles …