1) First and foremost: you are God’s precious son or daughter. He paid the ultimate price for you, and thinks you’re worth His love. So then who are you to think less of yourself? You neither created yourself nor can save yourself, and there is nothing you can do to separate yourself from God’s love. Someone like that must be pretty darn awesome 😉
2) It’s okay to be human. So many people (including myself) have such high expectations for themselves, of where they should be in life and what they should be doing and who they should be with etc. When we don’t meet these expectations, we see ourselves as “less than good enough” or “unqualified.” But the beautiful thing about it is that we have Jesus, who walks with us, helps us grow, and helps us to become who we are called to be. We are never alone.
Remember: God does not call the qualified, but qualifies the called.
3) No one else is like you. Yes, you may not be as (enter description here) as her, or as (enter some “desirable” physical trait here) as him, but they’re not like you either. What people often forget is that they are more than what they are not. So instead of seeing how you lack, see how you are blessed – everyone is blessed in so many ways, though it may be hard to see at first.
So if everyone is unique, isn’t “being like everyone else” or even like a certain person counterproductive? Learn to love yourself the way God loves you.
Of course, this is just three of many, but the focus of what God has been teaching me recently. But what does this mean for us?
It’s not an excuse for pride, or self-assurance. It’s not a reason to think ourselves as being better than anyone else, but rather the opposite: they should bring humility, because each of these reasons come from a source outside of ourselves. It is God who gives us purpose, and God who makes us whole. This is why the Bible says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). In Him we are more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37), because we are not saved by works, but by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8). How amazing is it that He thinks us so wonderful to give us these gifts?
Who are we to say that God is wrong about us?