Nowadays we have a lot of pressure to do all the things and do them perfectly; to be everything to everyone; to basically be superwoman–all the while looking fabulous and handling whatever comes our way with an air of ease (not even breaking a sweat). Do you ever feel the pressure to be it all? We think we need to be the perfect wife and the Pinterest-worthy mom, have a successful career, make sure our kids eat their vegetables, volunteer for the latest cause, and be there for everyone who needs us while somehow not losing our sanity.
The problem with trying to live up to this image or expectation is that we can end up feeling like we are never enough, feeling empty, exhausted, and unlovely. It leaves us feeling like we are ever-striving but never arriving. We were never meant to keep striving to be somebody. Because the truth is, you are already somebody. You are already worthy, enough, and successful in Christ! He has made you the way you are with all the things that make you, you–to be who you need to be for your friends, your kids or your spouse.
What if we got off the hamster wheel of chasing our self-worth and identity from our jobs, roles and the approval of others? What if we first found confidence from knowing who we were made to be and owning that? What if we found our security from knowing that what defines us is who God says we are?
Every day we must choose if we are going to let the opinions and pressures of the world to tell us who they think we should be or we can stand firm in the never-changing truth of God’s word and who God says we are.
You are CHOSEN. (John 15:16)
You are REDEEMED. (Col 1:4)
You have PURPOSE in Christ. (John 15:16, 2 Corinth 17-21)
You are COMPLETE in Christ. (Col 2:10)
You are WONDERFULLY made by the hand of the Creator. (Psalm 139:13-14)
You are the SALT and LIGHT of the earth. (Matt 5:13-14)
You are one in whom God DELIGHTS. (Zephaniah 3:17, Gal 2:20)
You are an HEIR to the kingdom of God. (Romans 8:17)
You are EMPOWERED through the Spirit. (2 Tim 1:17)
You are God’s MASTERPIECE. (Eph 2:10)
You are a CHILD of GOD. (John 1:12, Eph 1:5)
You are LOVED! (Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:10)
I know it is not always easy to remember these truths and so very easy to get caught up in the lies the enemy whispers in our ears, telling us we have to keep striving to be enough. But please know, your momentary feelings are fickle and can lead you astray, but the truth of who you are in Christ is solid and secure. So next time you find yourself doubting who you are, your purpose, and if you are enough, repeat these truths to yourself. Choose to focus on what is true and let the Holy Spirit remind you of God’s truth.
I am praying these truths will cover your heart and mind, so that you will have great confidence in who God says you are!