by Bryan Vickers
No, this is not a Justin Bieber song. It's a
I think we all tend to go through seasons of
dissatisfaction; with where we are, and who we are. Maybe we aren't living up
to our potential. Maybe we've made some bad choices and are living with regret.
Maybe we just never liked much about ourselves and have spent a lifetime
wishing we weren't this person. I tend to swing back and forth between being
confident in who I am and what I'm capable of...and feeling completely
inadequate, accusing myself of just faking it. I think they call it imposter
Whatever the case, you don't always love
yourself. But you should. For a million reasons. Just for starters, there's the
fact that God created you. He wanted you, He dreamed you up, and He made you
exactly the way He intended. Then there's the fact that the only good and
perfect person to ever walk the earth decided you were worth dying for. And
Jesus went through with this plan because God wanted a way to be close with you
in spite of the ways you've fallen short. If He loves you that much, why don't
Well, I'm willing to bet it's because your head
is full of thoughts about the way you are and the way you should be. Every day
you listen to things like "you're not a good person," "you
really messed up," "they probably don't like you," and "why
can't you be better?". My friend, you are being lied to. Some of it is the
enemy, Satan, throwing out lies and accusations to keep you stuck believing you
don't deserve love. But some of it is you...lying to yourself.
In Acts chapter 10, the apostle Peter has a
vision in which the Lord tells him "Do not call anything impure that God
has made clean". In this vision God is speaking about which food is
suitable for Peter to eat; but we learn later in the chapter that God is
communicating a deeper truth: that the promise of new life in Christ is not
just for those who have been born into the right circumstances and done all the
right things. God's love is for everyone, even though we all were impure. He
went to a lot of trouble to make us clean. So when I read this verse, it's a
reminder to check the way I'm thinking about myself.
"Do not call anything impure that God has
Do not call yourself ugly when God has made you
Do not call yourself hopeless when God has made
you with a purpose.
Do not call yourself unworthy when God stepped
down from Heaven to die for you.
There is so much power in our thoughts and our
words. The way we treat and talk to ourselves has a direct impact on our
wellbeing. Stop believing the lies. Stop playing the comparison game. Stop
living under condemnation. Jesus already traded His righteousness for your sin.
Start treating yourself the way you would treat a chosen and righteous child of
the Almighty God.
Because that is who you are.