Don’t Underestimate Yourself and God’s Purpose for Your Life

Have you ever been asked to take on a challenging role at work? A ministry at your church? Or with a non-profit organization? Has that request made you feel anxious or nervous because you didn’t feel qualified?

Fear of failure can sometimes paralyze us. Venturing into new territory can feel terrifying. It’s easy to question our skills. We may struggle with wondering why we were asked. After all, wouldn’t Mary or Rachelle do a better job?

At the same time . . . along with a bit of anxiety, we may experience a spark of excitement. What if? What if we could actually do it? What if what we have to offer is exactly what’s needed?”

God is fully aware of your potential—even when you don’t recognize it.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)

According to the book of Jeremiah in the Bible, God spoke these words to the prophet. But, we can also embrace them. If he formed Jeremiah, he formed and knew us as well.

God made us who we are—with a plan and a purpose.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

Malcolm Forbes, the chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Magazine and a flamboyant multimillionaire said, “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”

Don’t be too quick to sell yourself short. Perhaps someone has perceived something in you that you haven’t seen.  Maybe that opportunity—that open door—was placed there by God in order for you to fulfill a purpose.

And who knows . . .  it might be the avenue that takes you on an exciting and rewarding journey!

What opportunities are being presented to you right now that you need to seriously consider?


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