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Insights from Day 7 at CN705

  • You can harm a child as much by inflating their self-esteem as deminishing it.
  • If you're not doing well, you need to know it. If you're doing well, you need to acknowledge it. We must be honest.
  • The goal of Christian redemption is not self-fulfillment nor self-negation, but self-transcendence - to become “transparent” to self. (seeing less of self, seeing more of Christ)
  • Many consumer economies stay afloat by manipulating the low-esteem of consumers.
  • The fact that something has a name doesn't mean that it exists.
  • Buckminster Fuller: "I never went to university, so I never learned what cannot work."
  • Can you esteem a fallen self? Can you not esteem a regenerated self?
  • We have not engaged enough theologically the emotional struggles that we have everyday. We are in desperate need of a theology of the self and of emotion.
  • We must incorporate the doctrine of regeneration into our concept of self-esteem.
  • Dr. Martin Seligman: “There are almost no findings that self-esteem causes anything at all.” "What needs improving is not self-esteem, but our skills for dealing with the world."
  • Why are so many successful, competent people plagued with chronic low self-esteem? Somewhere, behind external achievements, there must be an internal filtering device that denies the successes and hoards the failures, and then serves them up as the fruit of one’s life.
  • The effect of life circumstances (successes and failures) and other external factors are NOT an adequate basis for understanding the origin or maintenance of high or low self-esteem.
  • A healthy self-esteem is the acceptance of a positive and undistorted self-image.
  • Mistakes are what we used to inform our improvement. Mistake is not failure.
  • The generation struggles with low self-esteem, while the new generation struggle with narcissism.
  • "The best thing you bring to leadership is your own transformed self." -Strengthening The Soul of Your Leadership, Ruth Haley Barton
  • Feeling and practicing gratitude is the single strongest predictor of satisfaction with life.
  • Many of us are just living off other people's genuine spirituality.
  • Many people are languishing because of spiritual carelessness (neglecting and not taking care of our spirit).
  • The number one thing to help reduce stress is silence and solitude.
  • It is important to train young people to increase their capacity for silence.


  • 正如林一峰話齋,閱讀,也是一種 state of mind。
  • 所以不限文字,還有聲音影像一切雜崩能東西,都在涉獵反思消化乾坤大挪移之列。
  • 看重的只有一個字:Insight


I work at Westside Baptist Church. Of course, that doesn't mean they agree with everything I post or link here. Everything here is my personal opinion and is not read or approved in advance. Consider yourself warned.