Gender equality is a big issue in the world right now. Everywhere we look, women are seen fighting for these rights. Women want to be viewed as more than just kind and caring. There is this desire to be seen as strong, smart, and confident. These are characteristics that all women everywhere are fighting for, and I think as women of faith, it is vital we join in this fight.
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
As I look at the young women of Christ – I see beauty, I see God working in them. There is a light shining through them that is contagious. So why is it that so many of us doubt ourselves?
If you sit down and have a real conversation with any woman, you will hear their insecurities, their fears. Whether that be physical beauty, speaking your mind, overcoming your past, or something like feeling invisible. No matter what it is, these girls struggle everyday with their worth. Those feelings don’t go away just because you’re a Christian.
It is so easy to mask your doubts, I do it all the time. I am often told I radiate confidence – that people envy how I’m so confident in who I am. I’m not. I am an awkward person, who doesn’t think before I speak. I am good at doing several different things, but I don’t think I excel at any one thing. I have these insecurities, and sometimes they get the best of me. I don’t seek comfort in my phone, friendships or relationships. The only comfort for my doubts is Christ.
Christ is the answer; only he can make us feel whole. However, when we ask him into our lives, it isn’t an immediate fix. But that’s just it, until we truly ask God to take over our hearts, we will be consumed with these negative thoughts of ourselves.
“Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually.”
1 Chronicles 16:11
When we look at the women around us, negativity is often the first thing we see. Even when we don’t mean it, women are always the first to criticize each other, and ultimately, ourselves. That’s where the Christian mindset should come in. We as women of faith should be building each other up, encouraging one another.
Before we can truly do this, we need to love ourselves. Comparison is a woman’s biggest downfall. When we earnestly seek the Lord in our daily lives, we will see through God’s perspective. He doesn’t see our quirks as mistakes or flaws. God sees the whole picture. God isn’t comparing you to others, he looks at what YOU have to offer, what YOU are doing to make him known.
We are all made unique through Christ. We were all created with a purpose. There was no accident when God made you. Once you have that mindset, people will notice! That is how we become confident, strong, and truly beautiful. Build each other up, share your struggles, but most importantly: remember to see yourself and others through Christ’s eyes.
Love yourself, love others, love God.