After a couple days of attending the women’s conference at our church, my hubby asked how it was going. For sure, there had been awesome moments of praise and worship and an outpouring of great messages, but somehow I felt disconnected from what everyone else seemed to be experiencing around me. You would think it’d be a time of great refreshing and recharging, but somehow I felt empty.
It made no sense, but the best I could come up with is that the conference had a different vibe. When he pressed further, I sputtered out something about it being too trendy. I could tell he was confused by this odd description, and certainly I was too.
That is, until I came across this post on the blog, Black and Married with Kids.
It all began to make sense.
There hadn’t been anything wrong with the conference. The problem was the tiny voice permeating throughout my head telling me I was less than all the other women at the conference.
It told me I didn’t measure up to the ladies walking through the parking lot with their perfect hair and makeup. Or the ones sliding in the pews looking fresh off the pages of In Style magazine. And even the ones standing on the platform with their commanding knowledge of God’s Word and superhero-like faith.
I couldn’t connect to what was happening during the services because I was so distracted by appearances–how fabulous everyone else seemed–that I’d forgotten who I was.
When we feel the lie named “less than” creeping its way inside our head, these are the moments when we need to stand up straight, puff up our chest and shoot back with diva-like attitude–Don’t you know who I am?
- I am created in God’s own image; in His image he created me. (Genesis 1:27)
- I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalms 139:14)
- I am filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:19)
- I am the temple of God and His spirit dwells in me. (I Corinthians 3:16)
- I am from God and greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. (I John 4:4)
- I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
- I am complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10)
- I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
- I am a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. (I Peter 2:9)
- I am saved and called with a holy calling by God. (2 Timothy 1:9)
- I am one of God’s chosen. (Ephesians 1:4)
This is who I am. This is who you are.
Far too often, we give the devil free reign over our thinking. We naively fall for the lies. It’s likely that the only reason that sly fool is messing with you in the first place is because he’s seen your future and knows what he’s up against.
Since the women’s conference, I’ve had a chance to rewatch many of the conference sessions, and can I tell you what an amazing word I almost missed – lessons on retraining our thoughts, the power of rest and flourishing in our purpose. Good words that have rallied me to pursue my dreams even harder.
Rather than letting feelings of insignificance beat us down, we must use God’s Word to boldly declare to the enemy (and perhaps even ourselves) who we really are. I assure you, it’s a far cry from less than.
By Kacey Bess, Next Level Mama