closeup photo of short-fur tan and white cat standing beside gray concrete wall
Father God, thank You that we can join His Esteem Team with Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ, Esteemed Best. This God Sonnet was inspired by the Bible Verse: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:3). We esteem them better than our position and volition (BOTH). We esteem You, Father God, best than our need for elite and compete (BOTH). When we are lowliness of mind, we are “Highliness” of the Humbled Heart of Jesus. Where mankind is self-possessed, Jesus is Best. When the world tells us our ego is mainstream, it’s time for us to join His Esteem Team. On a more personal note, this Bible Verse and God Sonnet (BOTH) challenged me. The enemy was all over me with this one: “Timothy, you know you esteem yourself better than others, even yourself best than God!” I had to put the enemy in his place when I responded, “Get behind me, Satan! I am a nonhuman animal welfare advocate for God, and I esteem God’s nonhuman animals better than myself! In this, there is no selfish ambition or conceit on my part, only that i esteem God Best by being a nonhuman animal welfare advocate for Him!” And the picture informs me that i am on the right path, on His Esteem Team, because not my selfish ambition and conceit (BOTH), not my position or volition (BOTH), not my elite or compete (BOTH), only most willing to ditch all of these to rescue this “ditched” cat and “wipe every tear from his or her eyes” (Revelation 21:4). “Get behind me, Satan!” i pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Esteem Team Name of Jesus Christ, the Name above every other name, including my own name. This prayer is answered by my faith and my belief. Please help me, Father God, where my faith and my belief esteem me better than them, even me best than God. Amen.

(God’s Sonnet by timothy j. verret; “it’s how i cope to hope [BOTH] to ditch ego mainstream and stay joined to His Esteem Team this daily leavened bread.”)

Nothing you do through selfish ambition.

Nothing you do where it be your conceit.

Esteem them better than your position.

Esteem God best than your need for elite.

Nothing i do through self ambition.

Nothing i do where it be my conceit.

Esteem them better than my volition.

Esteem God best than my need for compete.

“Join My Esteem Team with ME Esteemed Best,”

says Jesus. “the lowliness of their mind.

Esteem them better than each self-possessed.

Esteem God best than each need of mankind.”

the world would tell us our ego mainstream.

Jesus tells us to join His Esteem Team.

(picture by photographer, Niklas Hamann, available for free without copyright laws at https://unsplash.com/photos/viZLJpZ6e6c)

3 thoughts on “HIS ESTEEM TEAM

  1. Definitely check ourselves, Dag, when we are boastful and conceited. I tend to be “an egomaniac with an inferiority complex.” Heard that once in a recovery meeting, and it stuck.😉 or 😢


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