Be honest…have you ever felt like you’re simply not good enough?
Or maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but something feels like it’s keeping you from something, and you can’t shake the feeling that it must be because you don’t measure up?
I Feel Like I’m Not Good Enough
I know I have experienced this and have felt like this in my life many, many times. Feeling inferior or inadequate is something I confidently believe most women have experienced at least once in their lifetime.
Maybe a family member criticized you a lot when you were younger. Or you were fired because a boss thought you were worthless at your job. It could even be an internal struggle you’ve always had, or a heaviness you’ve never been able to let go of.
No matter where this feeling comes from or how you ended up embracing it, you can rest knowing that there are Biblical truths that can rescue you from this destructive pattern of thinking.
Look all around, and you’ll see that the world heavily promotes a culture of self-love. Nowadays, everyone gets a trophy, and it seems like the categories for awards keep growing so that no one feels left out. It’s now perfectly normal to be consumed with yourself, and the bigger your ego, the better. 😥
We really can’t escape the fact that the world encourages us to be prideful, proud, and consumed with ourselves. So, before you resign yourself to the idea that you have to go along with all of this, ask yourself what God says about this. I’m not talking about what you think He says or what you heard some TV pastor say, but what does the Bible actually say?
Time to hit the books!
I love reading through Proverbs because it’s jam-packed with wisdom that is easy to digest and apply to everyday life. Proverbs 3:1 instructs us to let our heart guard His commandments. Verses 5 – 8 tell us to trust Him with all our heart, lean not on our own understanding, in all our ways acknowledge Him, to not be wise in our own eyes…and that this will be healing to our bodies and refreshment to our bones.
Many of us know Proverbs 3:5-6 but it’s verse 7 that really hits the nail on the head there and it’s glossed over, not shared. There is not any part of the Bible that is more important or less important than anywhere else in the Bible, but we MUST be people of reading it ALLLLLLL. 💕
You’ve seen it or at least heard about people doing crazy things on social media because they want to get more likes, loves, and follows. People are obsessed with beating the algorithm just to get noticed and become famous or strike it rich one day. But what does the Bible say about things like this?
Well, look at these truths!
Proverbs 16:19 says it is better to be humble in spirit.
Take a quick jump to the New Testament, where Matthew 23:12, Luke 14:11, and Luke 18:14 tell us that whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
James 4:10 says humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. It sure didn’t take long to find just a few verses highlighting God’s command to humble ourselves.
Isn’t it mind-blowing that the world’s advice contradicts or is the opposite of what the Bible teaches? It’s refreshing, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but when I hear the words of our Lord, they comfort and calm me.
Friend, revisit Psalm 139 and believe the words that tell you that you were fearfully and wonderfully made. That God’s thoughts toward you outnumber the tiniest grains of sand and that you can never escape Him.
Even Genesis 1:26-27 speak to that we are made in the image of a holy and righteous God; how glorious is that news!
The Bible is the most helpful place to go when you’re struggling with feeling inadequate.
So when we have these feelings that we don’t measure up or that we aren’t good enough, we must run to the Word of God and read what He says about us. The pages of Scripture are to be our guide to living this life in a manner worthy of our calling (2 Thessalonians 1:11).
HE says we are valued, loved, treasured, cherished.
HE died on the cross for us because He loves us so much.
We shouldn’t think more highly of ourselves than we ought (Romans 12:3), but we shouldn’t feel so low in the dumps that we feel unworthy to run the race of endurance for Christ either. We must balance the view of ourselves in order to have a healthy self-esteem. Not too much, but not too little either. Just enough. 😊