Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 1 Corinthians 9:24
Who hasn’t wished that they were someone else at least once in their lifetime? We look through small smudgy windows into the lives of people who we pretentiously think have it all together. We look at what they have and see what we don’t have. They are the measuring stick by which we measure our worth, our success. We are constantly comparing ourselves to women who have what we want, or are doing what we want to do and we always find ourselves lacking.
Is it an affirmation-starved fatherless world that causes us to wish we were someone else, that keeps us from seeing our true value? What is lacking in our lives that causes us to question our own self-worth? Why are we plagued with overwhelming thoughts of not being good enough and why do we believe them? Why isn’t what we have enough? Why isn’t who we are enough?
For most of my formative years I struggled with being average. I was never good at anything, really. I stunk at sports, I was an average student (mostly because I didn’t try), and I had no real remarkable talents. I was mediocre in every way. I think somewhere deep down inside we all want to be really good at something, just one thing. We want to make people happy and feel as though the world is a better place because we contribute something to it. Not in an arrogant, egotistical way, we just want to feel valuable. Do you want to know what I think the real root is? We are not confident in who we are, in Who’s we are and how valuable we are to Him. And without that confidence we buckle and we strive to be what we are not, always ending up short.
I tried most of my life to be someone that I was not and failed miserably at it. You see, God will not help you become someone else. He’ll help you be the best you, you can be. It wasn’t until I started sitting with Him, and hearing Him say what He loved about me that I began to embrace who He made me to be. God is an affirmer. And He wants to affirm you. Your past doesn’t matter, your future can be amazing. It’s time we start living a life of gratitude for all He’s given us. It’s time to stop letting a victim mentality steal all that God has for us. It’s time to stop being jealous of what others have and embrace what we’ve been given. Sitting with Him day after day after day instills value and confidence. You won’t need the world to say a word to you for you to carry out the call of God on your life.
It’s hilarious to me how God works sometimes. My love language is words of affirmation, which is probably the one thing that I get the least. I sought for so many years for someone to say “wow, you are really good at that” or “I believe in you”. And other than my super amazing mom, I don’t hear positive things like that very often. So you know what I do? I do it anyway, and I do it with everything I’ve got. I run this race fiercely, boldly, and with the utmost confidence that I am enough because He says so. I run to win the prize of hearing Him say “well done sweetie”. The confidence I have in who I am in Him has come from years of sitting in His presence, from years of listening to Him tell me how valuable I am to Him. Those truths dispel the lies of the enemy that I am not enough and that no one believes in me. I no longer need anyone to say anything to me. He says it all and that is enough. So I run my race in my lane as me and I love me. I love what God has given me to do. I love what God has gifted me to do. If I could be anyone else in the world, I would choose to be me. Isn’t it time you loved yourself the way God loves you? Are you ready to see yourselve the way He sees you? Are you ready to run the race He’s given you to run? Are you ready to win? Because you can.
YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:
Spend the next 20 to 30 minutes soaking in His presence. We are going to let Him do a lot of the talking today. We are going to be still and let Him tell us what He thinks about us. We are going to let Him speak to us so that we can be free in who He’s called us to be. When He speaks to you, apply your faith to it. Receive it wholeheartedly and walk confidently in it from now on. He believes in you!
Over the next week, study the following passages to learn more about running this race with confidence, refusing to compare yourselves to others and understanding who we are in Christ.
Day 2: Read and meditate on 2 Corinthians 10:12
Day 3: Read and mediate on Ephesians 2:10
Day 4: Read and mediate on Philippians 3:14
Day 5: Read and mediate on Galatians 1:10