I was a wannabe writer at the bottom of a list of wonderful women who could write profound and life-changing words. I was convinced my mediocre writing would fall into a forgotten abyss.
Many of the writers who joined the group after me have described the same feelings – doubt in their abilities and fear of not measuring up to everyone else.
These insecurities are not limited to my writer friends. I see it in women everywhere. We question our own abilities and compare ourselves to others. We constantly worry about our weight, age, hair color and even our height. We doubt and fear that we do not belong.
God created each of us different on purpose. Some of us can create a beautiful masterpiece out of paper, scissors and glue while some of us can sing like an angel. It does not make one greater than the other, but we convince ourselves that it does.
When I was in grade school, those differences did not matter. But that changed in junior high when we begin to notice the differences in each other.
Maybe it was the hormones of adolescence or the influence of society, but suddenly I began comparing myself to others. I wanted to be witty, thin, pretty and a great athlete like the other girls.
When I failed in these areas, my insecurities skyrocketed causing me to believe they were better than I. And that category that I had put myself in, has stuck with me to this day.
Do insecurities whisper into your ear with lies that you don’t measure up to others?
Look closely around you. Do you see other woman navigating the same sea of life with you? Reach out to them. It’s ok because we all struggle with the insecurity, doubt and fear.
We are not in competition with each other. We are allies and when we ban together, we can lift each other up. Together we can wipe out our insecurities and no longer doubt ourselves.
Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
We need each other so stand with me my friends. Let’s hold hands and fight the real enemy of this world.
This week, I’m linking up with these great ladies:
Good Morning Monday | Monday Musings | Motivate and Rejuvenate Mondays | Sharing his Beauty Monday | Intentional Tuesday | RahRah Linkup | Tell his story | Testimony Tuesday | Wedded Wednesday | Woman to Woman Wednesday | Woman With Intention Wednesday | Faith Barista | Thought Provoking Thursday | Faith filled Friday | Fellowship Friday | Grace and Truth | The weekend brew | Susan B. Meade | Still Saturday