If we’re pals and I hear you insult yourself, I’ll more often than not make you say something nice about yourself. And if you refuse, I’ll list compliment after compliment until you feel realllll uncomfortable and finally spit out something along the lines of, “I like my shoes., I guess” But why is that? Why is it so difficult for us to see the good in ourselves when others notice it so easily? And why… why do we assume that those around us only see the negative things, too?
We are bombarded with lies every day, many times coming from our own brains, telling us that we aren’t loved or worthy or good enough. We look down on ourselves while doing our best to hide those insecurities. Conceal don’t feel, right? Everything’s fine. But everything isn’t always fine. We battle our very selves and convince ourselves that we’re the only one with these struggles. What if I told you that you aren’t the only one?
How do we keep those lies from running rampant through our thoughts, keeping us from being and achieving everything that God has planned for us? We have to turn from the things that plant those little seedlings of untruth in our minds. Maybe that’s Instagram for you, or Snapchat. Maybe you look in the mirror and all you can see is the weight you think you need to lose; maybe you hear the echoes of the people who doubt you; maybe you’re being crushed by the expectations of your family or spouse or teachers.
Whatever it is, it can be dispelled by the truth that God has breathed into life. You are a son or daughter of the same God who created the mountains and the oceans. The same God who said, “Let there be light,” said, “Let there be Annie.” And Emma Kate. And Elizabeth. You are here for a purpose and were created for a purpose. So the next time that you can’t think of something nice to say about yourself, remember that not only are you enough and worthy and loved, but you’re all those things and more because the Creator of the universe says so.