Anyone have those days where you honestly feel on par with Beyoncé and then the next day you feel as useless as a stale Twinkie? I hit those kinds of highs and lows on a week to week basis. This week I accomplished some really amazing stuff at work but then I got home and realized how messy my room was and how I hadn’t cleaned my hair in three days, thus making me look like said Twinkie. It’s super easy to break yourself down and doubt your self-worth. Self-doubt is something that every single person struggles with, no matter how confident they seem…
One person in the Bible comes to mind when self-doubt it brought up: Gideon. God destined Gideon for greatness, just like he does with all of us. Gideon attempted to test God to see if He really meant Gideon to complete what God has sent him out to do. This reminds me a lot of myself and other people I know. God gives us this great and amazing vision for our lives and we think, “hmmm… let me make sure I heard that right. SHOW ME A SIGN!” God is probably sitting there thinking, “Dude. I already gave you one.” (Okay, maybe not those exact words… but you get my point.) When God fuels you with a passion, that’s already the sign you need. He doesn’t set you up for failure or give you an unattainable vision.
Before you all think… “wow Gideon is such a doubter, an angel literally came to him…” Pause. God found Gideon at a place of despair. The Israelites (Gideon was one of them) had been conquered and impoverished by the Midians. Gideon was so confused as to why God had come to him when he and his people felt that God had abandoned him. Gideon did not feel like a warrior, he did not feel the strength God provides, he felt abandoned and broken. In Judges 6:15, Gideon says, “‘Pardon me, my lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.'” Gideon simply felt oppressed and distant from God.
We often doubt ourselves because we forget the true power of our God. We are not amazing because we made ourselves that way but because God formed us and breathed life into our lungs. We are who we are because of God. When He says He has something amazing planned for us, He already knew we would accomplish it before we were born. There is no need to doubt yourself or to doubt that God has something incredible in store for you. You were created to do so much more than to question your worth. You are a conqueror, an overcomer, and an absolutely inspiring person (no matter who you are)! Stand tall, face the world, and know that you can do incredible things!