Do you ever feel “wrong” or “not good enough”?
It started early for me…
Pretty much as soon as I could walk, I started making up song and dance routines, ♬ grabbing my glue stick “microphone”, 🎤and roping my younger brother into running pyrotechnics (throwing leaves in the background 🍁) for my outdoor “shows.”
So my parents dutifully enrolled me in dance and piano lessons…
And I got kicked out of my dance class.
I am seriously uncoordinated and despite my best efforts it was becoming painfully obvious that I couldn’t keep up.
(That is still a bit of a sore spot for me.)
Piano lessons were a bit more successful, but there was always a girl my age who was better than me.
“Sally” (name changed to protect the innocent) always seemed to learn music faster and play it prettier.
I could never “win” because she was better.
Even though I enjoyed music, it just felt like if I couldn’t be the best it was wrong to even try. 🎹
I stopped and started lessons many times as I struggled with this feeling of inadequacy. <SIGH>
The constant comparison was exhausting.
Because (as much as I hate to admit it) I’m still doing this today.
Someone’s business is more successful, they have a better website, more likes on Facebook….
I should try this new tip, do that fancy trick, buy this new software, etc.
This was the wake up call I needed to snap out of it, step away, and talk to God:
Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do.
Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do.
If you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.
~ excerpted from Matthew 23, The Message
There will always be a metric to measure success and find ourselves not good enough.
Here’s to simply being ourselves instead!
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