Who Told You You’re Not Good Enough?
Mother Theresa, Father Arseny, St. John Maximovitch, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Christina, Martin Luther King Jr, Jack Lalanne, Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln…
These are just some of my heroes, the people that have inspired me.
But most of all, I just want to be like Jesus. After all, we are made in the image and likeness of Christ, aren’t we?
The whole reason we are put on this earth is to gloriy him with our life and our deeds.
So, knowing that…why do we let other people intimidate us?
Isn’t putting someone other than Christ on a pedestal idol worship?
If we are created after our glorious Jesus Christ, how could we ever think he made one person better than another?
“So, what do you do for work?” people ask us, after sharing that they are a CEO of a multi-million-dollar company, or that they live next door to Bill Gates.
You know how it goes. The thoughts start going wild: “Oh no. They are going to think I am such a loser when I tell them I own a bike shop, or I don’t have a college degree, or I am (gulp) unemployed.”
Or, you notice someone else has a newer, fancier car than you. All they have to do is point out their family trip to Cancun next week, and you’re ready to go cry in the corner.
Someone will always have a better paying job than you, live in a more upscale neighborhood, have a nicer yard, more exotic vacations, a bigger house, better looks, etc. But God did not make anyone better than you. And if you allow yourself to believe He did, you fall back on a slippery slope.
Not being intimidated by others’ shining success can be agonizingly tough at times…especially when you’re struggling. And in today’s economy, a lot of people are struggling.
This is why we need to pray more, and ask God to help us see the gift He made when He made us. That we are the only one of us in the world. He doesn’t care about our status or how much our last paycheck was.
So, the next time you feel that little twinge of inadequacy, remember Jesus Christ, the ultimate hero. Think of His plans for you, and the talents you have to use in your life. Stand tall and proud, yet humble in the knowledge that you are the light He made to go out into the world. Don’t let that light be hidden by the false shadow of inferiority.
You are where you need to be for a reason. Trust in Him, and He will guide you in the direction you need to go.
You are good enough. God says so, and He means it. Now, it’s our job to believe it.
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