“I keep fighting voices in my head that say I’m not enough. Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up.” ~ Lauren Daigle
The quote above is from a popular song by Christian artist, Lauren Daigle. The gist of the song is that regardless of how we see ourselves, God tells us that we are enough — that we are loved. The chorus is as follows:
“You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing.
You say I am strong when I think I am weak,
And You say I am held when I am falling short.
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours.”
Oftentimes, the view we have of ourselves is skewed based on past experiences. We have a tendency to weigh the present and the future against our past. Scientists have predicted with great accuracy the ratio of positive-to-negative interactions needed to positively impact many aspects of our life. That magic number is 5:1.
For every negative experience or comment, it requires FIVE positive experiences or comments just to negate the one negative. (Does this make it a double negative?!?) Anyway . . .
This formula has been used to successfully predict work performance and even marriage success. Based on 15-minute conversations with 700 newlywed couples, tallying their positive-to-negative comments, scientists predicted which couples would divorce. Ten years later, their predictions were 94% accurate. Was the divorce based solely on this factor? Probably not. But how much of this actually had an effect on the marriage and/or contribute to the dissatisfaction in the marriage?
All of this to say . . .
I am struggling some days. Much like my reflection in the photo above, my view of myself is distorted based on past experience. (Yes, that is actually a photo I took of myself in a mirrored panel at Sheridan’s Custard in Belton, Missouri.) Being privy to my own thoughts, I have difficulty reconciling my perception of who I am to the perception others have of me.
To me, what I do is just . . . what I do.
- I wanted to learn, so I went to school and got multiple degrees. Anyone can do that.
- I sign-up for free training to learn even more. Anyone can do that.
- I went to the fire academy and became a hazmat tech. There are a lot of those.
- I like to read, therefore I know a lot of facts and trivia. Anyone can do that.
I guess my thought is that there is nothing I have done, that many others before me and probably after me, haven’t done as well or will do. I look around at the people in my classes, and the people I work with and I think what a privilege it is to even be in the same room, doing the things I do. What a gift it is to have all these opportunities available . . . I just chose to avail myself of the possibilities.
So, we come to the last two lines of the chorus:
“I believe, oh I believe. What you say of me, Yes I believe.”
HOW do I learn to believe?