I lie to myself all the time.

The thing is, I don’t realize I’m doing it.

“You won’t ever measure up.”
“You aren’t beautiful.”
“You will never truly be loved.”

I’m a lover of words, but they sure can do a lot of damage.Sometimes these sentences come from simple conversations with strangers, and sometimes the words come from the mouth of a loved one. But if I’m being real honest, most of the time these unkind words – these lies – come from me.

MoreToBeShineLieI heard the lie loud and clear: You will never truly be lovedWho you are is not good enough. It sounded like a lie until I had a reason to believe it. Those words went from being a passing thought to something I attached to my being as truth. I entered every new friendship with this “truth,” believing inside that eventually they would see the real me and would walk away, too.I was insecure, comparing my behind-the-scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel, believing that I wouldn’t measure up and wasn’t good enough.

We were never meant to compare and contrast our lives with others, and as long as we measure our success or goodness or worth against others, we will never see clearly.

We weren’t created to live feeling guilty, ashamed, weighed down, or conquered. We were created to shine His glory and to live in victory.

It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what will come or what lies you’ve believed – the Truth sets you free and the truth is you are found in Him.

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