Stop Believing You’re Insignificant!

Stop Pretending You're Insignificant

In early 2008, the Washington Post conducted a social experiment to find out if people would recognize genius in ordinary, everyday life. So for 45 minutes on a Friday morning, one of the finest classical musicians in the world filled L’Enfant Plaza with his music.   Just days before, Joshua Bell had filled Boston’s Symphony Hall where even the cheap seats were over $100. And here he was, playing for free in the metro station on his 300 year old Stradivari violin valued at 3.5 million dollars.

Over a thousand people walked by. Just another street musician. A few stopped, fewer still gave tips, just over $32 to be exact. A seat this close in a concert hall would cost hundreds.

If only you could see it!

Every day you look at yourself in the mirror. I wonder what runs through your mind as you look at your reflection.

Just another parent…

Just another teacher…

Just another employee…

Or worse…

What a failure…

Insignificant…

Worthless…

If only you could see it! 

See what??

The love in his eyes when he looks at you. The delight in his voice when he sings over you. The tenderness he uses to speak into your life, into the broken places where he desires wholeness, not so that you’ll be a “better Christian”, but because he loves you and you’re his child. His greatest desire isn’t to make you a better person, it’s to make you His.

Don’t be ridiculous…you’re just saying these things. God doesn’t feel that way about me.

Don’t take my word for it, take his.

Stop Pretending You're Insignificant

Stop Believing You're Insignificant

By the way, I’m dead serious. This isn’t just a nice motivational post to boost your self-esteem. I’m out to change your life.

What you believe about your level of significance affects everything. Here’s a short list:

  • How you treat your spouse
  • How you decide to dress
  • Your income at work
  • How you treat the waiter
  • How you treat your body (smoking, diet, exercise, etc)
  • How you spend your money
  • Your happiness throughout the day
  • Your confidence when meeting new people
  • How you treat your kids
  • Whether or not your will reach your potential
  • The level of responsibility you will take on

Sadly, it even affects whether or not we choose to pursue God. If we believe in our hearts that he sees us as sinful, dirty, failing, or just less than lovely, then what motivation is there to pursue him? Contrast that feeling of worthlessness with having a deep conviction that God is Love (1 John 4:8) and that we are the objects of his love (Romans 5:8).

Jesus wasn’t kidding – the truth will set you free.

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

If you struggle with feeling insignificant, the solution starts with your thinking. According to Romans 12:2, renewing your mind = transformation. So how do you do that? It’s not easy, but it’s simple.

  1. Know the Truth. Take some of the verses in this post, write them out on a 3×5 card and keep them with you. As you get moments of time throughout the day, read through them and begin to memorize them. You have to know the truth before you’ll ever be able to recognize the lie.
  2. Take Your Thoughts Captive. In 2 Corinthians 10:5, Paul states that “we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” This is very freeing because it means first of all that you can control your thoughts, and second, not everything you think is correct! When you catch yourself having a thought that isn’t inline with what God says, take it captive. Literally, say to yourself, “that isn’t true, because what God says is this…”
  3. Repeat #1 and #2 until you start to see your transformation. You’ll recognize it as your level of joy and hope rises.

For a little balance, the bible does teach to not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to (Rom 12:3). But most of us think far less of ourselves than we should. It’s not thinking of yourself too highly when you’re simply aligning your thoughts towards you with his thoughts towards you.

It’s interesting to note that when the devil tempted Jesus (Matthew 4), two out of the three temptations started with attacks on his identity: “If you are the son of God…” Because Jesus knew who he was, he was able to resist the temptations.

So what about you? Is the enemy attacking your identity? Have you failed to recognize your worth and your significance? Have you believed the lies that your life is of no value? It’s easy to do. The enemy is persistent. Just don’t give up…your life is too valuable to lose this fight.

-Wesley

P.S. If you want to go deeper into this issue, I’d recommend reading The Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee. It’s one of those books that’s good to read about once a year. I’ve read it and I highly recommend it.

One Response to “Stop Believing You’re Insignificant!”

  1. Cassi Says:

    Very nice post! I’ve seen many people who don’t believe they are good enough, and sadly, sometimes no matter what you say, they won’t believe you. I wish there was a way to show everyone how much they are truly loved, and how special they really are.

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