Sometimes, I think it must be a natural part of being a woman to feel insecure or insufficient. I know many females, young and old, who struggle with self-image and finding value in themselves. Even the most competent and confident women have days when they can be crushed by a few careless words or an unapproving glance. And why is that, anyway?
I know that for me, when I am feeling inadequate it is because I am listening to what the world thinks of me. I am paying attention to the opinions of others, and realizing where I have missed the mark of gaining their approval. Let me share with you something that will set you free from this feeling: there is only one opinion that you need to care about.
What? How can that be? Surely, I want my spouse, kids, friends, extended family, co-workers, and Sally up the street to approve of me. I can’t blame you for immediately thinking of all those who you are seeking to please. I often find myself on that train of thought as well. But I’ll tell you this much: it’s completely unnecessary. And here’s why:
God’s is the only opinion that will last for eternity, and he already loves you more than any person on earth ever could. Everyone else is a sinner, and has their own list of inadequacies and insecurities. It seems pretty simple when this whole idea of being “good enough” is put into perspective.
“So what does God say about me anyway?”
The Bible is a great source to find the answer to this question, and there are many answers within. However, I have limited this list to the truths that I find most inspiring and uplifting during times of self-doubt.
Here’s what God says about you:
- You are his child. I’m sure you’ve heard this before (haven’t we all?), but allow that thought to sink in. You are a child of the one true God. Wow. That alone should begin to speak to you about how much he loves you.
- You are a friend of Jesus. It’s been said that you find out who your friends are during hard times. Because Jesus is your friend, he will be there in good times and bad. What an amazing realization to know that you are friends with the Son of God.
- You are accepted by Christ. You are accepted “as-is.” Christ is not looking for the smartest, quickest, thinnest, happiest version of you before he will accept you. It has already been done. Nothing further is required from you to be accepted by him.
- You are lead by God. He has great plans for you and is leading you down paths that will be used to fulfill your life and glorify him. He has enough interest in your life to steer you toward blessings.
- You are righteous because of Christ. Because Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross to save you, God sees you without all of your mistakes, regrets, and sins.
- You are chosen, holy, and blameless before God. This means that God was not forced, but instead he chose to pursue you. He wants to know you and use you in mighty ways.
- You are God’s creation, made to do good works. This means that God made you capable of doing what he has planned for you. When you feel like you’re not good enough, know that it isn’t true because God has made you proficient.
- You have the peace of God. What a blessing this is, because it means that you don’t have to spend time stressing or worrying about day-to-day things or what tomorrow will hold. Having the peace of God gives you confidence to be okay with whatever circumstances you find yourself in.
- You are holy and beloved. God cares for you deeply, more than any person ever has or ever will. He likes you. He wants to be close to you.
- You have eternal life in heaven. Knowing that your soul will exist forever in heaven should give you encouragement that the difficult times in this life will fade away quickly. Heaven knows no pain, no sickness, no rejection, and no death.
- You are called. God loves you and equips you to carry out a purpose designed for you alone. You are important in this life, and you have work to do while you’re here, because if you don’t, no one else will.
- You are fearfully and wonderfully made. God took the time to create every detail of you. Your smile, your personality, your beauty marks, your laugh. God made you the way you are, so don’t for a second think that you’re not beautiful. When you think negative things of yourself, you are insulting the craftsmanship of God.
- You are victorious through Christ. He has given you victory over sin and death and any unrighteous thing that stands in your way. You don’t have to worry about anyone messing up God’s plans for you, because in some way or another, you will conquer every difficult time.
- You are important to God. He has created you to do something important that only you can do. He has plans for you and wants to see you prosper as you pursue him.
- You have a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. Think of the implications here. You are not given a spirit of weakness, bitterness, or rashness. If you are dealing with these things, turn them over to God and ask him to reveal your true spirit. He will. And then he will show you how to use these things to glorify him.
After hearing all of this encouragement that I know to be true, it is so easy for me to laugh at myself for letting the judgments and thoughts of others change how I see myself. So the next time that you start to feel inadequate, remember to ask “What does God say about me?” This will save so much heartache, if we would only seek out the things we know to be true.
If you are still struggling to find answers to the question “What does God say about me?” I have just the thing for you. God says so much about us, as his children, and I would invite you to dive further in to this discovery by participating in the 21-day scripture reading challenge below.
21-Day Scripture Reading Challenge
This challenge is intended to increase self-love and acceptance by exploring the question “what does God say about me?”
Day 1- 1 Thessalonians 1:4
Day 2- John 1:12
Day 3- Philippians 4:7
Day 4- John 10:27
Day 5- Romans 15:7
Day 6- 2 Corinthians 5:21
Day 7- 1 Corinthians 7:23
Day 8- Psalms 139:14
Day 9- Ephesians 1:4
Day 10- 2 Corinthians 4:17
Day 11- Colossians 3:12
Day 12- Jeremiah 29:11
Day 13- John 15:15
Day 14- 1 Corinthians 15:57
Day 15- Ephesians 2:10
Day 16- Psalm 8:5
Day 17- 2 Corinthians 2:14
Day 18- Romans 6:23
Day 19- 2 Timothy 1:7
Day 20- Matthew 5:13
Day 21- Romans 8:31
What is your go-to verse for boosting your spirit when you are feeling down? I would love to hear about it in the comments!