We all need a good butt kicking from time to time.
Some days we just need to get over ourselves, there’s no doubt about it. A good Kanye West enema.
But there’s a paradoxical epidemic that seems to run tandem to our self-indulgence. In fact, I think their roots are intertwined. Far too many of us consistently size ourselves against those around us, those we’re connected to, those we admire, those the culture has elevated, (in general anyone with a pulse), and find we’re lacking.
Constantly engaging an internal war of comparison. Constantly arguing with voices in our heads. Constantly battling wounds from the past. Constantly losing. Constantly manufacturing and believing our lies.
There’s no switch you can flip. No magic glasses that instantly right-size your perspective. No 3am infomercial with a secret $19.95 solution.
It takes courage. Good old-fashioned courage.
Courage to believe the truth. Courage to boldly live into it. Embracing who God created you to be will be the scariest adventure you ever undertake. It’s way safer to be who everyone else has decided that you are. And way more unfortunate.
Here’s a little jump start for your journey. A little insight into how the One who made you feels about you. Give way to His comparison. It’s the only one that matters:
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
God, I’ll never comprehend them!
I couldn’t even begin to count them—
any more than I could count the sand of the sea.”
Psalm 139:13-18 MSG
You can’t help others when you’re obsessed with yourself. You also can’t help others when you don’t feel you have anything of value to give. Don’t believe the lies.
You’re way more than “less than.”