Do you ever compare yourself to others?
I recently found myself doing this.
It caused me to have a moment of insecurity about what the Father had me doing, and for the next couple of days, I entertained these thoughts:
I am not good enough.
I am not worthy enough.
I can’t do it the way they do.
The spiraling had to stop
These thoughts were completely derailing me, so I reminded myself that the Father chose me to do this and supplied me with everything I needed to work where He had me.
When I have to stop thinking about the negative, I focus on Phil 4:8. I use it as a worksheet.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:8
Here is how I turn this into a series of questions to help direct my focus:
whatever is true – What is true in your life that you could better serve the Father by focusing on?
whatever is honorable – What is something honorable in you and your life?
whatever is right – Instead of replaying all you see as wrong in yourself, what has the Father made right?
whatever is pure – What is pure in your heart and your soul?
whatever is lovely – What has the Father made lovely in you?
whatever is good – What goodness has He brought to you?
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise – What has He given you that is worthy of praise to the Father?
Dwell on these things.
Filling out this scripture as if it is a worksheet allows me to change my focus, and whenever my mind drifts back to those insecurities, I stop and refocus on Phil 4:8.
When these situations happen to me, I often think about Moses. Not that I am anything like Moses, but that even Moses felt insecure, not worthy, and overwhelmed about what the Father wanted him to do.
What did the Father do for Moses? He chose him and supplied him with everything he needed to do the work He wanted him to do. He even supplied Moses with someone to do it with him.
How amazing is that?
We all have moments of feeling insecure, overwhelmed, or defeated, but it is essential that we not let those feelings and thoughts derail us from what the Father has us doing.
So, the next time you have a moment of insecurity, check out Phil 4:8 and start plugging in what is true.
I hope this helps.
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