Do you ever feel intimidated by other people? Outshined, overshadowed, insignificant?
Experts have all kinds of suggestions for how you might boost your confidence and self-esteem…. For instance, you might begin by practicing positive self-talk or attending an assertiveness-training seminar. You could make a list of things you like about yourself and focus on those things – or make a list of things you don’t like and work on changing them.
I think there’s a solution that goes a lot deeper and lasts a lot longer than any self-help steps to success.
It starts with having a thorough Biblical understanding of who God created you to be, what He created you for, and why you are so precious to Him.
Spend some time meditating on passages of Scripture where God says, “I knit you together in your mother’s womb… I have chosen you and not rejected you… I have loved you with an everlasting love…I have called you by name and you are Mine.” (Psalm 139, Isaiah 41:9, Jeremiah 29:11, 31:3, Ephesians 2:10, 4:22-24, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 John 3:1 – just for starters!)
Then spend some time in prayer, remembering who God is… how awesome, how mighty, how powerful, how majestic. How all of creation bows before Him, how the kings of the earth get their power from Him and will one day answer to Him.
He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The Most High God. And He calls you His faithful servant (Acts 2:18), His beloved child (1 John 3:1), His dear friend (John 15:5).
Puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?
That’s why a wise old saint once observed, “He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!”