Overcoming Self Doubt

My dear friend Bobbi brought me the “Worthy Hat” at Christmas.  I live it! It sat on the counter with the Christmas clutter for a few days.  My 19-year-old son, Parker, picked it up one morning and put it on his head and asked, “What’s this?” I told him the most beautiful woman I know gave it to me. Parker told me that I was the most beautiful woman he knew.

When I disagreed (it’s hard to take a compliment) he pointed to the hat and said “Know Your Worth” mom. Then he wrapped his arms around me and gave me a Parker hug.

Most of the people I know have difficulty feeling worthy.  Self-doubt creeps in and the conversation in my head about ‘you’re not good enough, thin enough, smart enough’ seems to be louder than ‘you are loved, you are perfect exactly how you are now, you are God’s daughter’. I say, replace the negative talk with truth. I am worthy.

That moment when Parker hugged me, he pointed out my worth in a real way.  There was a shift in the way I see myself. Every day I need to suppress the negative talk that creeps back in, but I know I am worthy. The Bible tells me so and so did Parker.

Thou Art Fair

In my early years I would often get into the pit of personal negative thinking, feeling like a failure.  I was fortunate the have a friend, Juanita Greig, who would quote the verse, “Thou art fair, my love, there is no spot in you” (Song of Solomon 4:7). We had studied that scripture and knew it was how Jesus saw us, his bride. This always brought tears to my eyes. If Jesus sees us as having worth, who else matters.

I John 4:19 says, “We love Him because He first loved us.” That is beautiful, but the more accurate wording leaves Him out.  “We love because He first loved us.” The point is until we believe we are loved and valuable, we have difficulty loving others.