Have you ever felt insignificant and unimportant? Maybe you feel like nothing you say or do is ever good enough. I have felt this way many times. I noticed when I am the most discouraged about myself is when I am listening to what other people are saying about me. Without my knowing, I have allowed people to dictate who I am instead of listening to what God said I am. I begin to mull over phrases like: Your not good enough, we don’t like you, you’re too shy and you are holding your husband’s ministry back.
Negative words such as these, as well as my own negative self-talk literally put me in a downward spiral of depression, anxiety, and fear that took years to overcome. Even at this very moment I struggle with anxiety and feeling accepted by people. Maybe you have felt the same way at different times in your life. You begin to see yourself as nothing important. After all, in your opinion, that’s how everybody else sees you. Sometimes you may feel like this little speck on the ground that everybody walks all over.
The good news is that God sees us so much differently. He looks down from on high and is so proud of what we are. Zephaniah 3:17 says:
“He will rejoice over you with singing.”
How beautiful it is to realize that God sings over us. We are so important to Him and He loves us so very much.
Even people in the Bible had to battle what people said versus what God said. David, for example, was left out in the pasture when Samuel went to Jesse’s house to anoint the next king. He was looking for looks, stature, and build. God told Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7 not to look at the outward appearance. The Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
While David was out in the pasture tending his flock, God was appointing him for something else. While people looked and saw a shepherd boy, God looked down and saw a King. How’s that for encouragement? You are not what people say you are. God see’s you as someone else. He loves you and has not forgotten you. You are a child of the Living King chosen by God for a purpose that no man can take away.
Here are a few more Bible examples:
Abraham and Sarah were seen as barren, but God saw a nation.
Gideon was seen as fearful and weak; but God saw a mighty man of valor.
Moses saw himself as a stutterer not fluent in speech; but God saw a deliverer of His people.
Peter thought he had failed by denying Christ; but God saw a man who was bold and fearless.
You are so much more than what you have been led to think about yourself. Stop allowing people to dictate who you will become and start believing what God says about you. Believe that you are an overcomer, saved by grace, delivered, healed, the apple of God’s eye, loved by God and chosen by God. Begin to change your mindset and change your life. For you were made for so much more than this.