On 1 February 2020 I wrote the following words in my journal:
“Be different. Be yourself. The one who God made you to be. Don’t try to be like others and don’t compare yourself to others. You will then always feel that you are not good enough.
God gave you everything that you need for His plans. Use your talents and stop complaining about what you don’t have.”
These were harsh words to tell yourself! But sometimes that’s necessary. If you want to grow as a person, you will sometimes need to stop and ask yourself earnestly, “What do I need to realize of myself, and what do I need to change.”
It’s so easy to not feel good enough in specific areas in your life, to not feel pretty enough, to not feel sufficient. Why is this? Because we compare our success to the ability and success of others. Example: I love painting. I scroll through social media for ideas, see something that someone else has painted and think, wow, that’s beautiful! Now I want to paint it as well…but guess what, it doesn’t look like their’s and it will never. We are not the same person! We don’t have the same talents. We don’t have the same abilities…ideas…creativity…etc etc – in short: WE ARE NOT THEM.
There’s nothing wrong in finding inspiration from others. God likes community. He wants us to interact and learn from each other. But the purpose is to build people up through it. To build His church. He doesn’t want you to feel not good enough just because you cannot do something in a way someone else can.
Today I want to encourage myself and whoever also needs to hear this. Diversity is good, embrace it. Start looking for your own unique ideas and interpretations of it. Look for help when you need it, but learn from it and don’t see yourself as a failure just because you didn’t know how and will now still need to take time to practice the new skill/advice you’ve received. Remember, someone who is a master in a specific skill has spent quite a few hours to practice their skill. And importantly, enjoy what you are doing! We need to find joy in everything we do. God gave you gifts and talents to enjoy, but more than that, He gave you these gifts and talents for His enjoyment. So use them! but in the unique way that God intended for you to use them.
Have a blessed day!
God loves you.