These are the lies we believe about ourselves, sometimes. These are the lies we convince ourselves others believe about us, too. We spend hours, days, weeks, months and years convinced of falsehoods which could be easily cleared up in an honest conversation. For some reason, we don’t even want to have that conversation that will set it all in perspective.
Why do we insist on believing lies that enslave, debilitate and paralyze us?
They give us an excuse. They give us an out. They make it easier for us to not even try. They make it someone else’s fault, someone else’s problem.
If we don’t try, we can’t fail. If we don’t try, we can continue to believe it’s someone else’s fault. If we don’t try, we don’t really ever have to prove to anyone that we have the goods… especially ourselves. Ourselves? Could that be the problem? Really?
Am I saying that I think we are afraid to prove to ourselves that we have the goods? Am I saying that I think we are afraid to prove to skeptics that we have the goods? Am I saying that we think odds are stacked against us that may actually NOT be stacked against us?
Yes, yes, and yes.
The problem is plain and simple: risk is just too risky. It’s easier for us to continue to believe we are insignificant, insufficient and invisible AND to believe others think we are insignificant, insufficient and invisible.
Convenient. Convenient and devilish. Convenient and devilish and debilitating.
“We scouted out the land from one end to the other-it’s a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge... Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.” Numbers 13:32-33 (MSG)
So… are you feeling like a grasshopper among giants in a land that swallows people whole?
You’re not a “grasshopper.” You are unique, precious and full of amazing potential.
Think we look down on you? We don’t. We really just want you believe the truth about yourself.
The truth is:
You are not insignificant. You are not insufficient. You are not invisible.
The truth is:
We want to cheer you on. We want to see you win.
What will it take for you to really believe it?