Memorial damaged by acid rain, Author JamesPFisherIII (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)
The emotional scars from childhood sexual abuse can badly damage a woman’s view of herself. But any woman’s self-esteem may be skewed by the world’s sometimes superficial values.
Poor self-esteem can be crippling. The negative feelings associated with childhood abuse often hold abuse victims back from becoming all they might.
Sadly, many of us castigate ourselves for problems and perceived “failings” that are actually scars of the molestation, or coping mechanisms we adopted as children to deal with the pain. The constant self-criticism is like acid rain for the soul, corrosive and debilitating.
God does not evaluate human beings as we do. He looks at the heart, while the world tends to look only at the outer shell (1 Sam. 16: 7).
Scripture emphasizes Christ’s great love for us, and encourages us to combat these negative feelings whenever they arise.
“…[N]either death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8: 38-39).
Originally posted 11/10/13
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Jeffrey Epstein mug shot, Author/Source Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Dept. (PD as created by govt.)
A New York grand jury has indicted billionaire, Jeffrey Epstein, on charges of trafficking dozens of underage girls for sex between 2002-2005 .
Around 80 victims have come forward, some as young as 14 y.o. at the time.
The girls were sometimes promised modeling contracts, and sometimes given money to recruit other girls. The promise of modeling contracts is not uncommon, among sex traffickers .
A Life of Luxury
Epstein, 66 y.o., led a life of luxury, regularly associating with the likes of Prince Andrew, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, and Alec Baldwin . With unlimited funds, six opulent homes, and a private island at his disposal, Epstein lacked for nothing.
Nothing, it appears, but character. Continue reading
The film The Magnificent Seven is a classic Western about a group of gunslingers who selflessly defend a town against enormous odds.
In the 1960 version (starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen), the men fight off bandits in a Mexican village. In the 2016 version (starring Denzel Washington), they combat a ruthless robber baron in a frontier town.
In both versions of the film, the gunfighters are unquestionably heroes – strong, courageous, and expert at their craft. In each version, however, one man in the group wrestles with demons from his past.
In the 1960 version, the character “Lee” (played by Robert Vaughn of “Man from UNCLE” fame) fears he has lost his nerve. Haunted by the enemies he has killed, Lee suffers from nightmares. He drinks. His hands tremble. He breaks out in a cold sweat at the thought of battle.
In the 2016 version, the character “Goodnight Robicheaux” (played by Ethan Hawke) is a former Confederate marksman who now has difficulty taking aim. Goodnight sees hallucinations that he fears foretell his death.
Both men worry that they will not be able to perform when called upon to do so, that they will let others down. Both consider themselves weak and cowardly.
A Different Perspective
But the audience does not view them that way. The audience feels enormous compassion for these characters.
Both men stumble. Yet they somehow find the courage to face their fears, in defense of others. That they are flawed is one reason The Magnificent Seven has such a powerful impact. Their internal struggles make the film more compelling. Continue reading