Do you ever struggle with believing whether or not God made you value and precious? Do you believe? Today I want to take the time to tell you a little about my story. I grew up in a great Christian home with parents that loved me and treated me well. I was homeschooled and received Christ at the age of 5 years old. Sure I had rebellious moments. Sure I had moments that I didn’t want to do what my parents wanted. But, overall, I have always desired to serve Christ with all my heart.
Today I want to take the time to tell you a little about my story. I grew up in a great Christian home with parents that loved me and treated me well. I was homeschooled and received Christ at the age of 5 years old. Sure I had rebellious moments. Sure I had moments that I didn’t want to do what my parents wanted. But, overall, I have always desired to serve Christ with all my heart.
Yet I didn’t believe that I had all that much value. I have spent years believing the lies of the devil. That I’m not all that special. That everyone else is better than me. That I’ll never do anything of value. I love Praise and Worship, but until recently I didn’t believe that I actually had what it takes to lead worship the way I’ve always dreamed. In fact, even though I know better when I make a big mistake while I’m leading, I still tend to think that maybe I’m not good enough.
Genesis 1:31 (NLT) Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.
Maybe you’ve believed those same lies. That the dreams you have couldn’t possibly happen. That you aren’t smart enough. Pretty enough. That you don’t have what it takes.
Genesis 1:27 (NLT) So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Or maybe you have a past. Maybe you think that you aren’t truly worthy of the love of Christ. Trust me you are. Why? Because of the finished work of Christ. You are enough. You are valuable and precious. God loves you the way you are. You could never do anything to be perfect enough that God would love you. But yet he loves you anyway!
You are enough. You are valuable and precious. God loves you the way you are. You could never do anything to be perfect enough that God would love you. But he loves you anyway!
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT) For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
So what changed for me?
The biggest thing that has changed for me is that I have changed my “self -talk.” For years, I knew that it was wrong to speak negatively over my children and husband, but I still did it over myself. My internal dialogue was all wrong. I allowed the lies in daily. Lies like you aren’t good enough at music. You are less than everyone else. You don’t have what it takes. All those dreams you have won’t amount to much of anything.
Instead of those things, I have begun to say things like I am a good writer. God is no respecter of persons.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
I am valuable and precious. You are valuable and precious. You and I have what it takes to live our dreams.
Instead of saying, “I’m going to try that someday, try saying I’m going to try today.”
Does that mean that it always works out? No. Of course not. But I’m also learning to tell myself that “There is no failure, only growth.” This is often incredibly hard those of us who are perfectionists because we always want everything to be perfect before we put it out there.
What about you?
What do you say to yourself? I challenge you, take the time to elevate that. Take the time to look at your inner dialogue. What is your belief system based on?
When you start speaking positive self-talk, I promise you that you probably won’t believe a word you’re saying. Keep at it. Make it a daily habit. Especially when the lies of doubt cloud your mind. Get acquainted with what the Bible says. Speak those verses.
You might ask, how will this help me?
When lies come (they will), you will be able to better combat them with the Word of God. Why? Because you’ve spent so much time developing your belief system, that you will readily recognize when the thought that just passed through your mind is a lie.
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