If there is anyone who feels inadequate or has in the past, please consider reading on.
Today, I had been studying for a few hours until finally I began losing my focus and found myself scrolling through my Instagram feed.
*Scrolls, likes a picture, scrolls, looks at a picture, begins to all the sudden feel inadequate*
That was my cue to stop scrolling through Instagram, and remind myself that I am a Child of the Most High God, who has fearfully and wonderfully made me for who I am and not to be like anyone else. I had to continuously had to re-call scripture passages that help me through any sort of insecurity I’m facing.
It’s sad because, Instagram shouldn’t be a place where people are always wishing away their lives. “I wish I had it as good as them” “I wish I looked like him/her” We weren’t meant to do these types of things to ourselves. Rather we are to look at someone’s picture and think “wow God, You really have made us all unique and beautiful in our own way.”
When those thoughts of feeling less came racing through my mind, I tried reciting scripture passages and praying that God would help me see myself the way He has made me. While praying, this verse came to mind
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
It does not envy. Have you ever caught yourself wishing to be like someone else? Wising you had someone else’s life? I sure have, and that only leaves me feeling worse.
So, how do we change our ways of feeling inadequate/wishing we could be like someone else? We immerse ourselves in the truth that is found throughout God’s Word.
- Galatians 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:14-16 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
- James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work
To add to all of this, some of us may not even realize that we are envying someone else because we have made unfavourable comparisons all of our lives. For example, we make a comparison to someone else and think to ourselves “They have it so much better than I do, yet I am a total mess.” We must remind ourselves that we are only seeing the public presentation of a person, while seeing our private lives and comparing them with other people’s outward appearances.
We have to remind ourselves of this very basic truth
Our outward man is perishing but our inward man is being renewed each day.
In other words, we don’t have to depend on our looks, our circumstances, or anything outside of our hearts to know that God is taking care of all of our needs. We don’t need to worry about changing who we are or how we look because it is our spirit that is being renewed and brought up into heaven once our time here on earth is over. We can rest knowing that we don’t have to live up to the expectations of others because we know that God looks right into our hearts, and see’s how much we live to honour him with lips and actions. We serve such an amazing God, who does not care whether or not we receive recognition from other people, but knows how desperately we long for love and approval which He gives- and it last’s forever.
I pray that as you read through today’s blog, you remind yourself of these 3 simple words. Christ-Is-Enough. You don’t have to live in the shadows of someone else, you can receive everlasting love from the One who created the heavens and earth ❤