When You’re Feeling Less Than

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Most people are shocked to find out that I suffer from low self-esteem.  Yes, I’m a classroom teacher and a Sunday School leader, who also calls herself a writer.  I lead small groups, make announcements in church, coach youth sports, and sometimes serve as a KTIP Resource Teacher. As the pastor’s wife, I can be found greeting church members and guests after Sunday services.  Yet, I often doubt myself, my abilities, and my purpose.

 

One little thing can happen, a friend won’t respond to my text, someone doesn’t acknowledge the effort I’ve put forth on a task, I make a silly mistake, or someone will just look at me funny, and what do I do?  I come down on myself. I convince myself that my friend is angry with me, I’m not appreciated, that I’m just so stupid because I’ve messed up once again.  And once again, I start remembering all those “other times,” those past mistakes and failures.  This opens the door for Satan. Oh, he is so happy when I begin feeling less than.  It does him good when I fail to see the value in myself.

 

But then – grace.  Sweet amazing grace.

 

Jesus has a way of making me see my value and my worth.  He has a way of reminding me of who I am and of Whose I am.  He reminds me that God makes everything glorious and He’s a Good, Good Father. When I take a step back from my lack of confidence, my failures, and my insecurities, I can see that I am loved. I can see that I am good enough. I can see that I am a Child of God and that is all that matters.

 

Friends, when we have those bouts with self-doubt and insecurity, when we have those days when we feel less than, we must lift our eyes, put our focus on Jesus Christ, and let Him show us our value.

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3 Comments

  1. Shelly
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Natasha, you are definitely not alone. When I hide my own thoughts, my needs, how others treat me and anything else OTHER THAN God’s Word in my heart, I find myself right where you described. Thank you for sharimg with such transparency and how we are to be transformed in our minds. Love it!

  2. Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Natasha, I just want to encourage you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made! My mother was a minister’s wife. I don’t envy your position! God put you in that position because He knew you are the woman of God that is needed in that position to lift His people and build his kingdom. Continue to speak His Word into your existence. Having had suffered from lack of confidence and low self-esteem myself, what helped and helps me is speaking life out loud during those times of doubt can be empowering! Your GREATNESS does not compare with anyone anywhere, it is unique and makes your life complete!

  3. Posted September 6, 2017 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Exactly the reminder I needed this morning. How many times do I open the door – just a crack but all he needs – with my self-doubt and criticism and thoughts that start to spiral?? I’m constantly needing to take those thoughts captive. It’s encouraging to know I’m not the only one:) Thanks for sharing honestly – and for the needed reminder.

    (jennifer-ashesforbeauty.blogspot.com)

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