Have you ever thought of yourself as a philosopher? You are one, you know. Or at least you have a philosophy. Everybody has one, whether they realize it or not. Our philosophy of life is the composite of all we know (or think we know) and how we feel about all that. It’s your idea of how the world works and your place in it.
Most of the time our philosophy is shaped randomly. As soon as we are born, we begin gathering information and experience. As babies and children, we don’t question all that information, we just experience it and accept it as reality. Many times this results in a poor self-image and low self-esteem. So most of our early ideas about how the world is, who we are, our worth, and our abilities come randomly from others.
In other words, at first, we’re not responsible. Others shape our philosophy. At some point in life however, we have to process that philosophy. All that information must be accepted, rejected, or modified.
If we simply accept everything we’ve been told we never grow. Rejecting or modifying our philosophy requires new information. This new information sometimes comes by accident. Sometimes people have what they call a life-changing experience. Something happens or someone says something that causes them to see themselves in a new light. They begin believing differently about themselves and so they begin acting differently.
The problem with allowing “things” to shape your philosophy is that you’re not in control. Besides, if we wait around for some life-changing event to come our way we might be waiting for a long, long time. The truth is that we can form and shape our philosophy on purpose. That’s the best way. It is part of taking responsibility for ourselves. We can seek new information, new knowledge. It’s not really enough to know what you believe. You need to know why you believe.
It is vital that our philosophy be founded on truth. Building on any other foundation will result in disaster. That’s why it’s vital to inundate our minds with God’s word. If you should decide to examine your philosophy, particularly in regards to your self-image or sense of self worth, let me suggest a few ideas to consider.
A poor self-image says, “I better not try. I’ll probably fail.”
God’s truth says, “I can do all things through Christ…” (Phil 4:13)
A poor self-image says, “I’m a loser.”
God’s truth says, “We are more than conquerors.” (Rom. 8:37)
A poor self-image says, “The world is against me.”
God’s truth says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31)
Paul tells us, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things…and the God of Peace will be with you. (Phil. 4:8-9)
Think these thoughts. Incorporate them into your beliefs about yourself. Realize that as a child of God these truths apply to you personally whether you realize it or not. You simply have to incorporate them into your life. They are truth. Take charge of your life. Build (or rebuild) your philosophy of life on the truth of God.