Do you feel like a failure?
- Your house isn’t clean enough.
- You’re not skinny enough.
- Your child acts out in public.
- You failed the test.
- You drive an old car.
- Your marriage is falling apart.
The negative messages are endless. Listening to the negative messages is like wearing glasses that aren’t prescribed for you. We need to change our glasses, so to speak, by seeing ourselves the way God sees us.
Instead, I can fill my mind with truth. I can refocus my mind with positive messages based on the truth of Scripture.
One of the best things I did as a teenager was memorize Psalm 139. Here are the verses (13-17) that still keep me going when those negative messages end up playing over and over in my mind:
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
He created us.
He knows our strengths AND our weaknesses
He has GOOD PLANS for us!
Here are some more positive messages to refocus our brains:
- I am Jesus’ friend (John 15:15)
- God redeemed me from slavery to sin and I belong to Him (I Corinthians 6:19-20)
- I am a member of His body (I Corinthians 12:27)
- God chose me (Ephesians 1:3-8)
- I am able to approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
- I am able to do ALL things because God strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
We may never be famous, or win a trophy, or star in a movie, but we will always be important to God and accepted by Him.
As Mother Teresa says, God doesn’t expect us to be successful, but he does expect us to be faithful where He has placed us. God sees our faithfulness in teaching and training our children, wiping up messes, and washing dishes. He smiles when we help a widow. He cheers when we reach out to the homeless.
When we stumble, God is there to pick us up and give us the strength to keep going. And someday, if we are faithful, we will hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord.” So the next time you feel like a failure, focus on God and His Word and be faithful.
Share your favorite Scripture verse in the comments below so we can focus on God’s Word together.
Ruth L. Snyder has been married to Kendall for 22 years. They are trusting God for wisdom in raising five children ages 6-17. Ruth shares lessons she learns from the adventures of life at http://ruthlsnyder.com