Let go of “I’m not Good Enough,” and
Instead Embrace who God Created You to be!
Do you struggle with thinking, “I’m not good enough?”
This has probably been one of my biggest struggles in life and has taken me a long time to let it go. God is good! He has worked in me to let go of this thought in my head and replace it with the truth. I am His child, loved by Him, and created for a unique purpose that no one else can fill!
My hope is that if you struggle with this thought or something similar, that through this blog series on authentic confidence, you will begin to let go as well and hold on to the truth!
The Masks that We Wear because We don’t Feel Good Enough
When I was young, my family loved to go to garage sales to find fun stuff and good bargains. I never had anything specific that I looked for, but on one particular outing, I found three ceramic masks for sale. I was captivated by them and tugged on my mother’s arm to get her attention. “Look mom! Can I have those?” I went home that day with my masks and suddenly I had a purpose on our garage sale outings. I was determined to find more masks.
Not only did I collect masks as a child, but as I grew up, I learned to wear masks as well. Masks that hang on our walls for decoration are one thing, but masks that we wear are quite another. I wore these masks, because ultimately, I didn’t feel like I was good enough and the masks provided a way for me to hide this fact. Those masks and thoughts contributed to my having low-confidence, low self-esteem and being inauthentic.
We wear masks as a way to hide our true selves. One of the steps to living a life of true confidence and authenticity is to learn to recognize the masks that we wear, and begin the process of pealing them off. When I was a little girl, I was determined to find more masks to buy; now I’m determined to take off the masks that I hide behind.
Over the coming weeks, I will be sharing with you pieces of my story. As I share, I’m going to show you four masks that I have found myself hiding behind. I want you to know, that each of these masks have similarities to each other, but they each provide a way to look at specific nuances of the same problem. The problem is really all about our fears. These fears come in all shapes and sizes.
The fears I have come to know in my own life are: fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of rejection, or fear of being judged. There are many other different types of fears that can be filled in as well.
Ultimately, they all boil down to the same thought, “I’m not good enough.” These fears and thoughts fuel our lack of confidence and cause us to be inauthentic by hiding behind masks. They also point to the fact that our focus is on ourselves.
My hope is that in the process of hearing my story, you will identify masks that you may hide behind as well, and ultimately learn to take them off in order to live a life of true confidence and authenticity. I also hope to show you that true confidence and authenticity comes when we take our eyes off of ourselves and focus on Jesus.True confidence comes when we take our eyes off of ourselves and instead focus on Jesus! Click To Tweet
With our eyes focused on him, we have nothing to fear. With our eyes focused on ourselves, the fears crash in all around us.
Over the coming weeks, we will have a look at how these masks get put into place when our eyes are focused on ourselves, and how as we change our focus, they begin to slip away. Jesus came that we might have freedom. That freedom means many things, but one of those things is to be free to be authentic and confident in who God created us to be.
Join me in letting go of “I’m not good enough,” and instead embracing who God created us to be!
I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments about different thoughts or struggles you’ve had to battle with.
Up Next week we will be looking at the fear of the unknown and the Mask of Control.
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