Millions of people struggle with a lack of Self-Acceptance.

Poor self-image is an epidemic in our nation and in the world.


Self- condemnation is stealing the happiness of multitudes of people.

Many people believe that it is honorable and admirable to cultivate a low self-concept. They believe that having a good self-image is a synonym for being self-absorbed or arrogant.

I submit to you that being arrogant lands you into one ditch and having a low self-concept lands you into another ditch. Neither ditch is healthy.

We all have a desire for self-acceptance.

Self-Acceptance is a gift that we give ourselves.

The following Bible devotion will shed light on this important subject.

A Prayer will follow the devotion.

Then view our listing of other self-acceptance resources.

Dealing with Failure

Early in the history of T.V. there was a variety show called “The Ed Sullivan Show.” It was called a variety show because a variety of different kinds of people came on the show to display their talents.

I don’t remember much about it except for the people who could spin plates. I looked forward to seeing the shows that included plate-spinners. (See the Youtube below.)

The talent involved a person surrounded by a circle of tall, slender poles, approximately six-feet high, placed about three feet from each other.

The spinner placed a dinner plate on a pole and used his hand to start the plate spinning. Then he went to the next pole and did the same thing.

As he worked his way around the circle, he had to be aware of the plates that were slowing down. If he did not revisit those plates and speed up their revolutions, they would crash to the floor. He could never lose his awareness of all of the plates.

My young heart beat wildly as I felt the urgency of the spinner’s route. “Hurry, hurry!” I yelled as I watched.

The most thrilling part involved cheering for a fast-paced spinner as he rescued a wobbling plate about to fall.

Even though each spinner was a professional spinner (as evidenced by being on the Ed Sullivan show), some demonstrations of speed and skill were interrupted by one or two crashes. My heart sank when I heard a CRASH. Generally, the crash came from the spinner having his back toward a plate wobbling toward destruction.

I felt sad for those poor souls who had to live through a crash on national television.

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As I became an adult, I was surprised to learn that the plate spinning demonstrations were still occurring - but now they were happening in MY life.

Those plate spinning demonstrations are still alive and well in my life.

Regularly, my life is interrupted by a CRASH.

My heart sinks every time. Generally, the crash comes from me having my back toward a situational plate that is wobbling toward destruction.

Crashes frequently come from forgetfulness, lack of wisdom, or lack of awareness. Yet some happen when I see the potential and just neglect to move quickly. Every crash is an opportunity for me to berate myself and add fuel to an unholy fire of self-condemnation – the flames of which can quickly spread out-of-control.

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Sometimes my friends experience a CRASH.

When I watch a close friend experience a CRASH, my heart’s response is soft and compassionate. I tread tenderly and speak warm encouragement. Yet when a CRASH interrupts my life, I am tempted to judge harshly and react coldly. The truth is that I need compassion just as much as my friend does.

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Copyright © 2006 - 2012 Beth McLendon of Inspirational -

Self-Acceptance is a blessing that we give ourselves.

Prayer for Self-Acceptance

Loving Father,

Your Word tells me that you love me.

Your Word tells me that you go before me and you follow me.

Your Word tells me that you place your hand of blessing on my head.

Your Word tells me that you accept me.

But I haven't accepted myself.

I rarely allow myself to receive compliments and encouragement.

I rarely see the best in me.

I often focus on my weaknesses.

I repeatedly replay my failures in my mind.

Father, teach me to give grace




Copyright © 2012 Beth McLendon of Inspirational –

Plate Spinners

The following Youtube demonstrations are similar to what I saw on the Ed Sullivan show. The difference is that these people seem to be doing more of a comedy display, while the people I saw when I was young were very serious about trying to get all their plates spinning.

Self-Acceptance Scripture

Psalm 139:1-6 NLT

"O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I'm far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.

You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!"


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