I’ve been in a state of panic for the past week. I was supposed to start working out hard again 2 months ago knowing that I was going on a river trip with a group of people over Memorial Day weekend. Ugh. I’ve failed again to meet people’s expectations of what I’m “supposed” to look like (in my mind, anyway).
In today’s age, where social media and popular culture inundate our minds with images and expectations of perfection, it’s not surprising to find that many women are battling insecurities. The continuous exposure to such unrealistic standards can fuel feelings of unworthiness, inadequacy, and self-doubt. However, as Christians, we are privileged to have a different frame of reference for our worth, one that is rooted not in the transient ideals of society but in the everlasting love of God.
Scripture offers numerous affirmations of our worth in God’s eyes, and it’s through understanding these truths that we can start to unravel the knot of insecurities. Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” This scripture emphasizes that you were not created by accident, but with intentionality and precision. God crafted you uniquely, making you one of a kind. So, when you find yourself struggling with the insecurity of not fitting into societal standards of beauty or success, remember this verse and take solace in knowing you are wonderfully made by the Creator himself.
I yelled at my kid today and immediately felt like a horrible mom. Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This scripture reveals the depth of God’s love for us, a love so profound that He was willing to sacrifice His only Son. When the world’s measure of love is often conditional, based on appearance, achievements, or status, God’s love is unconditional.
If you find yourself feeling unloved or unlovable, lean into this truth. In Luke 12:6-7, Jesus said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” This passage underscores the value God places on each of us.
Despite feeling overlooked or undervalued by the world, we are reminded that God cherishes us deeply, to the extent of knowing the number of hairs on our head. You are always seen, always remembered, and always valued by Him.
I often feel like everything I do is a mistake or not good enough. Then, God reminds me that Ephesians 2:10 declares, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” We all have a unique purpose, a divine calling that God has prepared for us.
If you feel a sense of worthlessness or aimlessness, remember that you are created with a specific purpose in mind. Embrace this purpose and strive to fulfill it; it’s not about worldly achievements, but rather doing God’s work in the way only you can. Embracing your worth in God is a journey that requires constant reaffirmation through scripture, prayer, and fellowship. It involves replacing the narrative of insecurity that the world has scripted for you with the narrative of divine worth and love that God has inscribed on your heart.
As Christian women, we must remember that our worth does not lie in our physical appearance, social status, or accomplishments, but rather in our status as beloved children of God, created with purpose and valued beyond measure. When we embrace this truth, we can combat our insecurities and step into the fullness of our identity in Christ, confident of our infinite worth in God’s eyes.