All That and a Bag of (Cow) Chips
I really like the phrase “all that and a bag of chips”. At least, I like the way that it sounds. It’s not really a nice phrase though and it is usually used in a derogatory manner like, ‘He thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips”. The human race is subject to overestimating its own abilities and gifts. One of the great things about the Bible is that it helps to bring us back to reality and helps mankind understand his limitations. In Isaiah 64 we read this about ourselves: But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. 7 And there is no one who calls on Your name, Who stirs himself up to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us, And have consumed us because of our iniquities.
I have never been a big fan of the “self esteem” movement. I am a fan of the “Savior esteem” movement. You see I recognize that all of my good deeds are like cow chips compared to the righteousness of Jesus. I can really do no good thing compared to the good things that Jesus can do in and through me. That is not meant to make me feel bad about myself. Rather, it is meant to help me see the “real me” and to feel good about what God can do in my life. I hope you feel the same way. There is nothing we have to offer God that He needs. But He has much to offer us and then we can offer that to others.