rebelling against low expectations

Dear Christian, You Are Not a Mistake


“You will never be good enough.”

“Who wants you around? Everyone is way better off without you.”

“Nobody loves you. Why would they?”

“You’re worthless. You will never amount to anything.”

“You can’t do anything right. Everything you do is an epic fail.”

Familiar with any of these thoughts? Or am I the only one who’s had thoughts like these before?

Yes, I have been known to be negative in my thinking a time or two. (Or eight. Or seventeen.) And yes, I have certainly developed an extremely negative self-image.

I have repeatedly told myself lies about who I am, and I’ve come to believe them. I have hammered it into my brain that I am good at nothing, nobody likes me, blah, blah, blah.

Even when someone tells me I do a particular thing very well, or they like being around me, I blow them off with my typical negative response.

And I have let myself become this way.

I have given the devil a foothold. I have listened to Satan’s lies and believed them.

I cannot do this to myself, my family, my friends – or to God.

To say there’s something wrong with who I am is to say that God made a mistake when He made me.

And God does not make mistakes.

To run myself down around my family and friends creates a negative person no one wants to be around.

Besides, aren’t a lot of our negative comments about ourselves made as an appeal for attention? Don’t we hope someone will contradict us and say something positive about us?

To run myself down in my head and heart is destroying my effectiveness for serving Christ.

If I can’t do anything right, how can I ever win souls for Him? If I can’t ever look past my own “faults,” how can I ever reach out and minister to others?

We cannot live with this mentality.

We were fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14), and God has a plan for us, to prosper us, and give us hope and a future (Jer. 29:11). We will miss this plan entirely if we only focus on ourselves, if we amplify our “mistakes” and our “faults.”

No, nobody’s perfect. Yes, we have all fallen short of the glory of God; we are all sinners. We will mess up. We will make mistakes.

But we can’t stay there. We have to remember that Christ created us with a purpose.

We cannot let Satan win our minds. We must take every thought captive, to the obedience of Christ.

Christ did not make a mistake when He made you. He loves you and has a plan for your life.

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Lauren Steele

is a rather odd, homeschooled, 15-year-old girl, continually realizing that she is nothing on her own. She desperately needs Christ, and she will never amount to anything apart from Him. She loves to listen to music, read, play the piano and flute, spend time with her crazy younger brothers, enjoy the outdoors, and be with the amazing friends God has blessed her with.


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