Why Is It We NEVER Give Ourselves Enough Credit?

I just applied for a homeschool writing position with another blog.  They asked for a brief list of credentials and three writing samples related to homeschooling.  They offer a bit of compensation so I thought “Why not?”

So I list my resume per se:  I am almost done with my YA edit.  I write novels.  I wrote a newspaper column.  I blog.  I homeschool my kids.  Used to be a public school teacher.

Then I begin a search for my writings on homeschool.  I have a few here on this blog but they are old.  Then I suddenly remembered my newspaper columns I wrote.  I wrote a ton of homeschool stuff then.  So I drag all those up and copy and paste.

While I am copying and pasting, I am reading them.  I think, “Wow, these are pretty good!”  Then I think, “Actually, these are REALLY good.”

It made me realize:  I can write.  I am good at something in this world besides changing diapers and chauffeuring kids to soccer practice, music classes, swim lessons, etc.  I do have something to say that’s not kid-related.  And I have something important to say that doesn’t begin with a negative i.e. “No!” or “Don’t!” or “Stop!”

I think we as women and moms get so caught up in the outside world validating us that we forget that we don’t need validation from the outside world.  We forget God has stamped us as His from the moment we were born.  We forget we have everything if we have Him.  And we forget that we are enough; we are good; we are important.

God knows this.  So why don’t we?

Easy:  It all comes back to Him.

I forget this every day of my life.  I have to constantly remind myself of Him and the Cross.  And when I do, when I acknowledge Him in my mind, then I can acknowledge myself in my mind and it becomes a little easier to believe I am important after all.  I stand a bit taller.  I believe in myself a bit more.  And I give myself credit where credit is due.

Whether or not the outside world ever recognizes me is unimportant.  It would be nice, don’t get me wrong.  But in the end, it doesn’t matter.  All that does matter is Him.  I work for Him, through Him, and by Him.  Period.

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18 thoughts on “Why Is It We NEVER Give Ourselves Enough Credit?

  1. You said it very well. It is so easy to knock ourselves down. Keep your focus on The Lord. Bless you dear friend.

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  2. I was hoping yo learn how you were saved. PETER says to always be ready to give a testimony for the hope that is within you. The greatest Christian , Paul, only did one thing-tell people how Jesus saved him.

    Michael

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  3. I could never have made it through things this past year without Him. First of all, I had thyroid cancer. He was there with me through the radiation, too. Now, I’m facing partial knee replacement. I need His strength. I know that. I can do all things through Him and nothing without Him.

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  4. Congratulations!!! You are a fantastic writer.

    I want to thank you for helping me with the Bible Study, without you I don’t think I could’ve made it.

    Best of luck, Gladys

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  5. Beautiful. Thanks for validating something I said in a bible study on Kingdom Woman that was not readily accepted. When the teacher asked what our gifts were, only one or two stated our gifts. I said that we, as women, sometimes don’t acknowledge our gifts for fear of what others may say. But the only one that we should be concerned with is The Only One. Our gifts are God-given and pleasing Him should be our only goal. Yes, you can really write, girl. Go on, with your bad self. Lol

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  6. He said he would never leave nor forsake us. He’s always there and when he’s not it’s because we moved. I hope all works out in your favor for the position.

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  7. You are precious to Him indeed and so very precious to so many. If only you knew how you touch my heart with your thoughts and feelings. God uses you in a mighty way. So many of us love you. Have a most blessed Monday!

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  8. Amen and AMEN to you dear one. Keep those positive truths. Keep believing in yourself. Your are special in God’s eyes — no one else like you, made in His image, and created for His glory. One of our blessings in life is when we realize who we are in Christ —-precious, positive and full of wisdom and power, infused in us by God.
    You have been a blessing in my life through Bible Study, in helping me to understand difficult passages, and finding the answers. Keep that positive attititude, be strong and courageous for God is with you. A sister in Christ.

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  9. One thing I know for sure,,,, I love your writing and I know God is proud of you for presenting His life, His
    Truth , His Word… He truly speaks through us anytime He needs to wake His children up.. Thanks again my Sister in Christ!!! Anxious to get back to BSF…

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  10. You are soooo right! I have come to realise that most times, ee judge ourselves very harshly even before the world gets a chance to judge us. We need to learn to be kind amd food to ourselves! Because if God is all that is good to us, why do we have to beat ourselves down?!!

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