A few years ago the church I attend started using a quote on their ink pens, signs, etc. It said, “where everybody is somebody.” At the time I was somewhat confused because I thought, “of course they are, duh.” Much later, I reflected on the quote or slogan and I thought that what they were conveying was that “you matter.”
I was raised with a high regard for self-worth. I wasn’t raised to think I was better than anyone else but more like the fact that I was as good as anyone else. I have always “thought” that I could do pretty much anything that I set my mind to and there are very few things that I have tried that I couldn’t do. I might not be great at it but I could do it.
I do a lot of self-development now and have come to realize that my mindset is not like that for everyone. I just assumed that everyone felt like I did. I assumed that everyone felt like they mattered and that they were worthy. However, I have found that not everyone was raised believing in themselves.
Unfortunately, some people can say things to themselves that they would never say to someone else. If you ever use the words, “I can’t” then you are setting limits and YOU are the reason that you can’t. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t do open heart surgery but if I went to school and trained in that specialty then I could. Try reminding yourself that you CAN do whatever is your goal, you just might need training or help. The Lord can make ALL things possible. Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
EVERYONE has flaws! Jesus was the only person to ever walk this earth that had NO flaws, the rest of us have plenty of them. So what, who cares? Yes, I have lumps and bumps. Yes, my arm does jiggle. Yes, my thighs rub together when I walk. Yes, I have to wear contacts or readers. Yes, I ache when I stand up to walk sometimes. YES!!! I am ALIVE! YES!!! I am the Lord’s creation. YES!!! He made me perfect in His eyes.
The biggest robber of joy is in comparison. Why, oh why do we feel the need to compare ourselves to others? Why do we think someone else’s life is so much better than ours? There are plenty of bloggers out there who write better than me. There are plenty of bloggers out there who are much thinner and prettier than me. I am going to stop there before I put my self in depression. The point is, so……… I don’t know what their life is like. I don’t know if they are just as insecure about something as I am. It shouldn’t matter! You are YOU. Notice that I ended that sentence with a period. Don’t ever try to be someone you are not because you will just end up being miserable. Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
If you have ever been told a “lie” that you are not good enough then give it to the Lord. The Lord didn’t tell you that. He does not believe that and neither should you. Let go of the lie and instead repeat that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are HIS creation. No one else can be you and you can’t be anyone else. Live the life that the Lord wants for you.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Love yourself more! Have A Blessed Day!