Woman, are you enough? Are you awesome? When are you going to unlock your potential and change the world?
That’s what an astounding number of preachers, book authors and conference speakers are feeding women these days. And our gender is eating it up with dripping tears and sighs of “finally.”
One of the best articles of truth I’ve read on this comes from our sister Michelle Lesley, but before I point you to her site, a memory jogger:
“You are beautiful. You are smart. You are funny. You are kind. You are unique. You are worthy of love and affection. You are never too much and you are always enough. You are precious. You are a diamond, a rose, a pearl. The most stunning of all God’s creation.”
(Actually, Ezekiel 28 describes Lucifer with that same stunning beauty.) When that viral video, “Who You Are” went around a few years ago, I had friends who actually wept tears of joy over this, and shared it with their daughters. With sappy music and heart-tugging “raw-ness,” the performer shows us just how Satan still whispers to us about our own stunning awesomeness.
Good grief! We are not awesome, and we are NOT enough. But Christ is. See, when we take our eyes off Him and place them on ourselves we are sinning.
In You’re Not Awesome…and You Know It, here’s how Michelle describes what women are being fed these days:
“I am absolutely weary of some of the memes aimed at Christian women these days. You know the ones I mean, ladies- the ones with lovely pictures of flowers or an ocean or a meadow with a superimposed flowing script practically BEGGING us to believe how much worth we have to God, how awesome we are, how we need to discover the greatness within, how God gives us limitless potential and a superfantastic divine purpose, blah, blah, blah.
You know why they have to take that begging tone to try to get us to believe those things? Because they’re not true. You know it, and I know it…” ( Read the rest here)
What does the Bible say about our self esteem? Quite a lot, but what God has to say might not be as sweet to our ears as today’s ego-tickling messages that massage our psyches! Our strength, our worth, our loveliness all comes from Christ and His redeeming work. The world, and even some in the visible Church, will tell us it’s really about us.