…We ask ourselves – who are we to be brilliant, beautiful, talented, and fabulous.
But honestly, who are you to not be so? – Marianne Williamson
I love this quote from Marianne Williamson. It speaks to the heart of some things that I struggle with quite often. I’ll begin a project, or start an endeavor, only to step back and try and “see” it from other people’s eyes.
I pick whatever it is apart: It’s not as good as so-and-so’s… It doesn’t have as much as hers… I’m not as talented as he was… Didn’t someone already speak on this already?
It’s amazing how quickly I can discredit myself. I line up all my little reasons and stop whatever I was doing. Just like that. I’m done.
Yet God created me – He created you – for a reason. There’s something unique in our DNA that gives us abilities or qualities that no other person on this planet can do. We just have to believe in ourselves. We have to believe that God has placed that greatness in us for us to share with the world.
I was encouraging one of my friends one day to keep pressing towards a goal that he has. He’s been working at things for a while and was getting discouraged because he wasn’t seeing the results he wanted. I told him to keep going. He was born to succeed at his endeavor. He is talented beyond belief at what he does. I saw no reason for him to quit.
“You’ll never get a ‘yes’ if you quit asking,” I said. “The door won’t have an opportunity to open if you don’t knock.” It’s funny how you can speak life to someone else, but it’s hard to convince your own self to act right.
So, today, let’s have some faith in ourselves. Today, let’s throw the excuses, self-criticism, and complacency aside.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… (Genesis 1:26 KJV)
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:14 KJV)
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace… (2 Timothy 1:9 KJV)
Who are we to discredit the Lord’s work? We were made in His image! We were called forth to fulfill His purpose! Who are we to question the gifts He’s placed on the inside of us?
You can be successful! You can fulfill your dream! Believe in yourself.
God already has.
Thank You for creating me in Your image! I praise Your name because You did a wonderful work when You made me. Help me to remember how special I am. When doubt and fear come, remind me that I am called to a holy calling and can achieve it by Your grace. Remind me that it’s not about what I can do, but it’s about what You can do through me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you to embrace who you are in the Lord. You are strong, you are smart, and you are successful! You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! You have no reason to give up, and you have every reason to go ahead and WIN!
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Tiara Wilkinson serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Christian Leadership at Liberty University. Tiara hosts a daily inspirational blog, “My Morning Ti”, which encourages Christians in their walk with the Lord. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear any thing.