I can’t count the times I laid in bed contemplating my success versus my failures. I would fret over what those around me were thinking about my accomplishments, or the lack thereof. The opinions of others often became the object of my obsession. My chest would tighten as I contemplated my day and the multiple times I felt I wasn’t enough. Eventually, the sense of insecurity in my own identity would feel like a heavy weight that I couldn’t bare.
Was that too honest?
See, I’m convinced I am not the only one who has judged herself so harshly. Many of us face a similar struggle. We discount God’s own work in our lives because of what others say but, God wants to bring peace to the anxiety that so often grip our hearts as a consequence.
In such a social world, where we can share glimpses into our daily lives in a matter of seconds, it’s no wonder so many of us weigh the opinions of others so heavily. We have the ability to filter our lives so that our audience sees only what we allow them too. It would seem that all is perfect, but that just isn’t plausible. Look at what Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 3:10 (ESV),
10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it.
This portion of scripture is speaking of the law of the Jews and of the sacrifice of Jesus. I believe though, that this also applies to us in the sense of how we measure ourselves.
See, so many of us compare our appearance to what we see on social media. We measure the rate of our success based on what see others do. Yet, God has a much better standard for us to measure us by. It’s called, obedience.
Don’t get nervous on me, sister. I know this word can be hard to swallow. Many of us have been disappointed with authority figures in our lives, whether it’s parents, family, teachers, supervisors, you name it. Perhaps, those whose opinion mattered to you the most, was never a good one. Yet, God is so pleased with us.
We don’t have to try to impress God with fancy words or acts, the simple fact that we are His children makes Him happy. He rejoices with our successes and comforts us in our failures. When others abandon us, He sticks around. Why? Well my friend, He’s in this for the long run.
I want to leave you with one of my favorite bible verses found in Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV),
18 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Carla Lopez, Co-Founder of Empowered Beauty
Our names are Carla and Paola. And yes…we are identical twins! We are pastors, ministers and young women who are absolutely in love with Christ. Our passion is to empower other young women through the message of Jesus Christ to fulfill their live’s purpose.Paragraph
Although we are young (24 years old if you’re wondering) we have been preaching, teaching and serving in ministry for almost ten years. We hope that through our writing you may be encouraged and empowered to step into the calling that God has over YOUR life.
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Always praying for you,