It breaks my heart when I see a woman with low self-esteem, who doesn’t have the confidence to live her dreams and reach her full potential. It is the most unnecessary feeling in the world! If you know who you are and specifically who you are in Christ, you will have all the confidence to take on the world.
One of the biggest mistakes a woman can make is to try to be like someone else. Why? Why do you want to look like that model in the magazine? Why do you want to be like your pastor’s wife or your sister or your colleague at work? You have to be yourself.
That’s who God made you to be. Listen what the Bible says in Ps 139: 13 -16 “Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” (The Message)
You were born to be somebody, to leave your mark and to change the world. You were born to exceed the limits placed on you by others and to live a life of success and to have a spirit of excellence. You were born to be extra-ordinary and to live beyond our circumstances, rather than be defined by them.
So what happened to you? When did you decide that the road of greatness was not for you? When did you decide that you are the victim of your circumstances? Why do you allow fear, and the voices of discouraging people, to handcuff you?
God sculpted you from nothing into something and before you were even born, He had a plan for your life. There is something very specific He wants you to do with your life. He created you with purpose and He left a dream in your heart.
It is up to you to make that dream a reality. But you can only do that if you have confidence in yourself. You have to understand that there is only one of you. You are unique with a specific character, temperament and personality with weak points and strong points, with talents and gifts. Learn how to enhance your strong points, polish your talents and be the you you were born to be!
I don’t want to know how busy you are, or how much you are doing for your church. I want to know if you live a focused, purposeful life. In other words, are you living life to your fullest potential, according to the plans, dreams, talents and gifts that God build into your heart even before you were born? Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
You need to grasp this truth today. There is no such thing as a man or a woman without a dream. We were all created to have dreams; we have a destiny and a reason for living. What is your calling in life? Maybe you don’t even know where to start to figure this one out. Well, what is that one thing that you did when you were a child? Maybe you were always playing with your dolls, pretending they were sick and you had to get them back to health. Or you lined them up in a row and played you were the teacher. Maybe you didn’t like playing with dolls at all, but was forever building stuff with whatever you could lay your hands on, designing towers with your mother’s pots and pans or making roads in the dirt.
But, somewhere along the line you changed. You didn’t do that anymore. You started to listen to what other people say on what you should do and not do, what you should study, how you should live your life, and that passion faded. Now, every time someone talks about fulfilling your dreams, adhering to your calling in life, you have this niggling uneasiness in the back of your mind. And you wonder… what if I am not doing what I am supposed to be doing?
Then of course there is the things you catch yourself daydreaming about. Maybe it is to write a book, be an artist, start your own business… but then you forget about it again and carry on with your normal, day-to-day life, wondering if this is it? Is this what life is all about?
No, a 1000 times over no! God thought of you before you were born and he had a plan for you before you were in womb. God knew who he wanted the accountants, the business men, the writers, the actors, the engineers, the teachers, the chefs, the pathologists, the home-makers, and the mechanics to be. Regardless of what you do, what your title is, what your salary is, you were created to have an impact in the world and leave a mark on our generation. Just do it!