When We Feel “Less Than …”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37

When you live with chronic challenges, it is so easy to feel “less than.”  It is as if we lose important parts of our identities.  Yet, God tells us that we are “more than.” 

I have to admit that I don’t always feel like I am more than  ... well - more than anything much at all.  I think that is why it is so important not to be driven by our emotions.  Emotions are fleeting.

One moment we can feel pretty good – and then the bottom drops out for us.  It can be crazy making to ride that roller coaster up and down, up and down.  I find it amusing when people question why folks with chronic challenges are depressed.  One of the biggest challenges I face is to not let depression get a hold of me and drag me down.

The spiral starts so easily.  I look at someone else – and compare myself to them.  Uh-oh.  Here comes Mr. “Less Than.”  Even comparing myself to others with chronic illnesses can be devastating.  So many folks can do so much more than I. 

Then, I begin to dwell on “less than.”   And spiraling down I go.  My situation may not even have changed.  I may simply compare myself to someone else and down I go.

I find it is so important to keep God’s word in the forefront of my mind.  It is an internal battle that I seem to continually fight.  I am not “less than.”  Why?

Because God says so.

He tells me I am more than a conqueror.  I’d be willing to settle to being a conqueror – but no!  God says we are MORE than conquerors.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The next time you start on that downward spiral remind yourself to read and reread those verses.  

My fellow travelers, we are MORE than conquerors.  

Even in the moments we feel “less than,” God tells us we are “more than.”

That’s a nice thing to know, isn’t it?

So the next time Mr. “Less than” comes around – tell him he is knocking on the wrong door.

Father God, Thank you for helping us keep how we see ourselves in perspective when we look to Your word. May each reader who is struggling with self-worth and feelings of being less than others take Your words to heart - that through you we are more than conquerors.  Thank you for your vast and eternal love for us - and the worth that bestows upon us simply because we are Yours.  Amen and amen.

Original post April 2012

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