“I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough. Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up.”¹ Self doubt seems to be so prevalent in this age of social media where we are constantly presented with the best of other people’s lives. We compare ourselves with a standard that is unattainable. The result is feelings of inadequacy and doubt. How do we compete with that?
We remember who we are, and whose we are. We are children of a loving Heavenly Father who sent us to earth to grow and progress, and ultimately return to God to live in glory forever. We have a divine birthright. When we trust in God and His love for us, we can dismiss our self doubt and be confident in our eternal purpose.
I love the insightful lyrics to Lauren Daigle’s song, “You Say”, that remind us whose voice we should listen to:
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.
And when I don’t belong, you say I am Yours.
And I believe what You say of me.
How much better our lives would be if we could see ourselves how God sees us? Can we proactively listen to Him in our daily lives?
Dieter Uchtdorf asks, “How can we hear the Father’s voice?”
Dieter teaches us, “As you reach out to your Heavenly Father, as you pray to Him in the name of Christ, He will answer you. He speaks to us everywhere.
As you read God’s word recorded in the scriptures, listen for His voice.
Listen for the voice of the Father in the bounties and beauties of nature, in the gentle whisperings of the Spirit…
If you listen for the voice of the Father, He will lead you on a course that will allow you to experience the pure love of Christ.
As we draw near to Heavenly Father, we become more holy. And as we become more holy, we will overcome disbelief and our souls will be filled with His blessed light. As we align our lives with this supernal light, it leads us out of darkness and toward greater light. This greater light leads to the unspeakable ministerings of the Holy Spirit, and the veil between heaven and earth can become thin.”²
I believe we can choose. We can decide to put aside the inner voices of doubt. We can seek the safe haven of our Loving Father who will lift us out of our darkness and despair. We can follow our Savior who understands our sufferings. He is the Light that will illuminate our darkest days, if we only invite Him in. May we trust in our Father, and listen to His voice. He always believes in us, and loves us beyond measure. “Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly.”³
¹You Say, by Lauren Daigle
²The Love of God, by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
³ Dieter F. Uchtdorf