There are so many times in life that we feel inadequate or unintelligent. I could tell you that everyone goes through these feelings, but that isn’t going to solve the problem of a poor self-image. I guess time will heal some of the old wounds from our youth, and we’ll overcome them, allowing us to continue to pursue our dreams. When our goals are beyond our capability, we often set ourselves up for failure. When our own expectations exceed our abilities, we also set ourselves up for a fall. Each time we try, and fail is like adding another scar or wound that won’t easily heal. Eventually those scars become constant reminders of fails in our journey and drive us deeper into depression.
When we compare ourselves to others, the same thing happens. We’re setting our goals outside of our abilities and that doesn’t always lead to success. If we consider ourselves as unique individuals, we have a much better chance of living up to our expectations. Think of it this way – God, the Creator of all things made you. You are not like everyone else. You have been specifically designed with talents, abilities, characteristics which will bring something very unique to the table. You have so much to offer. The things within you have no limit when you accept that fact. God doesn’t make mistakes. People do.
This week, I’m taking a look at self-worth. For many, many years I struggled with this issue. I never felt up to par in whatever I tried to achieve. I considered myself a insignificant worker ant in the colony. I could do the grunt work, but never felt capable enough to do the creative, the intellectual or the spiritual work God had built into me. For a long time, my self-worth was at a low point. Until I realized how much God truly loves me, I wasn’t capable of loving myself.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”