We critique ourselves so hard that we forget to see the true beauty within us. Have a read in the blog below and be inspired.
Am I Doing Enough?
The Proverbs 31 woman—is it even possible for someone like her to exist?
Women have been taught since Sunday school to admire and emulate her. She’s industrious, wise, kindhearted, generous, confident, and trustworthy. Her husband and children adore her, and she surpasses all other women in her accomplishments. How can we ascend to her lofty heights? Where does she get all of her energy from?
In our day-to-day juggling act, whether that includes a career, a spouse, or children, we might be struggling just to get through the day, to check off all the boxes on our to-do lists before collapsing into our beds, totally spent. But despite all of our tasks and responsibilities, there is a question that still haunts many of us, echoing in the back of our minds: Am I doing enough?
What has brought us here? Why is the feeling of inadequacy so prevalent among women? Along life’s path, we tend to pick up harmful habits and paralyzing fears. We begin to believe the lies the enemy whispers to us, and we forget our identity as God’s daughters. Here are a few of the most prominent mentalities that we fall prey to—and how to overcome them.
Comparing ourselves to others is an addiction.
To quote Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” We encounter people every day who seem more put together, more knowledgeable, more eloquent, or more successful. Our achievements and character seem lackluster next to theirs. Our sinful nature compels us to forget about all of our gifts, and to instead covet what has been given to others. This envy festers away in our spirit, breeding discontent, anger, and disappointment.
Unfortunately, this attitude causes us to discount all of our blessings, and it distorts our view of God’s love for us. Comparison halts our progress and bears no good fruit. In our distracted bitterness, we lose sight of the one we should be glorifying. God created us for a unique and special purpose, and we can be faithful by making the most out of what we’ve been given with a joyful, eager spirit.
We regret the past and fear the future.
Many of us find ourselves caught in a debilitating tug-of-war between shame from the past and anxiety about the future. Burdened with things that are out of our control, this crippling mentality destroys our peace and robs us of the joy of experiencing the present to the fullest. For some of us, living with suffocating fear and guilt becomes the unquestioned norm, and our spirits are never able to rest. Life becomes merely a thing to be endured instead of enjoyed.