For we are God’s masterpiece He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
If God considers us his masterpiece, then why do we think it is ok to treat ourselves like trash? Why do we start to believe the lies the devil tells us instead of listening to the truth of God’s word? All too often I find myself being consumed by lies that ensnare my emotions and lead me into a mental trap of not feeling good enough.
This is an issue that I find myself still struggling with today. I face the thoughts of living up to the standards of other people in my life or social settings. Sometimes it happens when I’m serving God by trying to do my job well, and suddenly it twists to me having to be the best employee and be recognized for it. Other times it’s just being in conversation with one of my friends and listening to what they did last weekend and thinking “so you made time for that person, but not me.” One that I’m sure almost all of us can empathize with is instant jealousy from looking at good news on a friend’s social media.
Each day seems to bring a new batch of neverending ways to try to put down others to boost my self-confidence, sabotage friendships by misreading intentions, or just give in to feelings that I’m never going to amount to anything. Basically, our challenge is not to be consumed with all these influences that tear many of us down.
Sometimes I did well and rose to the challenge, however, I’ve often found myself in a cycle where these comparisons spiral out of control. I was constantly beating myself up about how I wasn’t keeping up or learning anything or getting anywhere. The more accustomed I grew to this behavior and way of thinking, the less confident I became.
This resulted in isolation, depression, and spending less time in the bible.
I don’t know about you, but I never planned to come to a place where I wasn’t finding my confidence in the Lord. One day I was trying to follow God’s will for my life and the next I was caught up in lies that I wasn’t good enough and never could be. I don’t want to live in fear of never being good enough to live the life God has planned for me.
The good news is that I don’t have to and neither do you.
The (wo)man who trusts in the Lord whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.
Let God determine your identity.
I know this is not exactly earth-shattering to many who are long-time Christians. However, nothing will ever be as comforting as the fact that the God of the universe, who knows every thought you’ve ever had much less everything you’ve ever done, fully loves and accepts you for who you are.
In fact, he created you to be that way. He is looking down on you as his daughter and can’t wait for you to trust that Dad really does have everything under control.
Today I am taking a leap of faith and starting one of the most ambitious projects I’ve ever done in launching this website. I have constantly had such a strong desire to encourage other women who are going through trials that it took me tearing my walls down and started actually going through what I was being called to do.
The reasons for why I shouldn’t are all around me:
- I’m a horrible writer
- I’m inconsistent
- I have no experience with any kind of web stuff
But my reason for why is bigger:
- God has placed this on my heart to do
I honestly don’t know if God is planning on using this as an epic failure to teach me to rely on him more fully or if this website will eventually reach millions for His Glory. What I do know is that the end result really doesn’t matter as long as I am following where he is leading me.
What is it that you feel God is calling you to do that you just don’t believe is possible? What kinds of steps could you start taking in faith that God is leading you this way to reveal more about himself to you?
My encouragement to y’all is to dig a little deeper and not to ignore the desires the Lord has given you or live in the lies that you will never succeed. Spend more time building a healthy image by relying on God’s word instead of other sources and go do something great for Him.
I’ll be right there with you.
Oh and as I’m still learning this whole blogging thing. I’d love to hear about anything that really resonated with you or what fell flat. Also, I would love to read about any plans, big or small, that God has laid on your hearts to pursue!