No one can make you feel inferior without your consent ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
The word inferior means someone of lower rank, status, or quality. As someone who has been made to feel inferior, I know first hand that it can be hard to shake this feeling. Social media and magazines are now filled with body positivity and articles about accepting one another for who they are. There are words upon words but do they have any true meaning? And why is it that girls, of all ages, are still not confident in who God has made them to be?
Nowadays it is so easy to get caught up in what the world says our life should be like. We get jealous of someone’s “perfect life” and forget the life we have already been blessed with. We go after others publically or in our hearts because we are insecure about something within ourselves. We justify our actions without thinking of the consequences. You may be wondering what this has to do with feeling inferior so I’ll explain. This is all how the world thinks and how they process certain situations. We live in a world where this can also affect how a Christian thinks and reacts when we lose our focus on the ONE who truly matters.
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7
As Christians, it is so easy to get caught up in how the world sees us. We allow the world to make us feel inferior but really we are harming ourselves more than they are. But more importantly, God does not see us as inferior. And he does not see the non-christian as inferior either. Our God does not look at the outward appearance. He does not see a number on a scale and say “oh sorry you didn’t make the cut” or “sorry you’re just not wealthy enough for Me.” No, He looks at the heart. Do we have a heart that represents the evil of this world or do we have a heart that seeks out the things of the Lord? God seeks those who follow after Him.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well,” Psalm 139:14.
God has made us perfect in His image. Sometimes the world can make us feel inferior. But as Christians, we must be careful not to make one another feel inferior and the people who have yet to accept Christ into their lives.
“You are altogether beautiful, my love;
there is no flaw in you.” ~ Song of Solomon 4:7
You see that girl above? That is a girl who has laid down that feeling of inferiority at Jesus’ feet and is free in God’s love. As someone who has been bullied, I know that there is so much freedom in God’s love and He’s waiting for you too to lay down your burdens and be free in Him. And remember, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt.