Dear Sisters,

Be You!  God has made you special with unique gifts that He has given only you in order to fulfill His plans for you and for this world.  So many people struggle with insecurity and feelings of inadequacy, as though they are not good enough to do what needs to be done.  God is no fool, and He does not make mistakes.  He designed you with your very own talents and thought patterns for a reason…reasons that will make this world a better place and bless those around you.  Do not demean God’s creation by falling into the trap of self-condemnation, self-criticism, and feelings of unworthiness.  See Romans 8:1.  God sees you as worthy!

One of the biggest reasons, I think, that people feel inadequate or insecure in themselves is that they are constantly looking outside of themselves to other people’s lives and achievements and comparing themselves to how they see others.  Let me just remind you of two things. 

First, you never can perfectly see from the outside looking in what others’ lives are really like.  You may look at a person or a family and think, “They’ve got it all together.  They are talented.  They are doing great things for God and others.  They seem to have everything in place.”  Let me remind you sisters that no one on this earth has it all together.  It doesn’t matter how wonderful things look from afar.  Looking at others in that way puts them on a pedestal (which they probably don’t want to be on or live up to anyway), and it causes you to demean yourself and disregard the blessings that God has given you.  Looking at others that way also robs you of the opportunity to help them when they are in need.  It robs them of the opportunity to be real and show their weaknesses to you in a safe way.  We all need help from each other at different times in our lives.  God has put us on this earth to walk two-by-two, strengthening one another.  See Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

Second, when you constantly compare yourself to others and their achievements, thinking that you should be doing what they are doing, you cheat this world of being able to be blessed by the real you, the you God designed you to be.  God wants you to be you, not Sally or Jenny or Tom down the street.  When you compare yourself to others, you are basically saying to God that He made a mistake when He designed you.  God is perfect, and He created you perfectly to accomplish your God-given destiny.  He likes you and loves you the way you are.  Don’t rob the world of what God wants you to do for Him by thinking you need to have the gifts and talents that someone else has.  That type of thinking is a type of covetousness or jealousy that will only lead to pain in your own life and the lives of those around you.  (James 4:2; Ex. 20:17; see Gal. 5:19-20; see Gen. 37 for an example of the harm of jealousy).

The body is made of hands and feet, arms and legs and so on.  Each part has a very special function in the body that no other part can satisfy (1 Corinthians 12).  Walk forth in the very special characteristics that God has given you and bless the world by being the best you whom you can be.  Look inside at your own special qualities and develop them.  You owe that to yourself and to the world.  Don’t rob this world of all you have to offer!  Don’t look to the left or right trying to be something you’re not, something that someone else is designed to be.  Don’t blaspheme God by confessing or believing that you are less than you are.  Speak what He says about you from His Word.  Believe that you are a very special and wonderful creation designed uniquely for His beautiful plans.  God needs you to be the puzzle piece that He has shaped you, and only you, to be to fit into His overall, amazing picture.

You are a great you, and the world needs what only you have to offer,

Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.  Amen.