The words of our parents or caregivers have a powerful influence over us. We don’t easily forget the messages given to us when we were growing up. Hopefully, we heard words of grace, encouragement, and love, but for too many the memories are painful. Maybe you hear the voice of someone from your past yelling:
“You’ll never amount to anything.”
“You’re too loud—too quiet—too wild.”
“You’re not good enough as an athlete or student.”
“You’re not pretty enough.”
“You’re too thin—too fat—too small.”
These thoughts play over and over in our head and when we believe them, we act as if they’re true. We must replace these lies with truth. To do so, search the Bible to know what God says about you:
You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
Nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:33-39).
He decided to adopt you before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4-5).
You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
You are God’s beloved child (1 John 3:1; Colossians 3:12a).
6. You’re comparing yourself to others.
We can always find someone who is smarter, stronger, more beautiful, or seemingly godlier than we are. Comparing ourselves to them is fruitless because each of us is a unique creation of God. He wants us to be our best self as we look to Jesus as our example. He created you the way He wanted, not to copy someone else. No one else can be exactly who you are.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul likened believers in Christ to a body. He wrote, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12). Each one is equally important.
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