“You are worthless. You are unprepared. You are not good enough.”
Sound familiar?

These are the thoughts that I woke up to this morning … and talk about a morning wake-up call. This hasn’t happened often to me, but there are a few moments I can recall this occurring so aggressively – and I had NO clue what to do. And as far as I know, I am not the only person this happens to. Immediately after hearing this, my thoughts flooded with ALL the things going on in my life and all the things I am putting my heart and time into: releasing a book, being a wife, event planning, etc. And with every thought, those three phrases above were on repeat – like some kind of distorted remix.

“You are worthless. You are unprepared. You are not good enough.”

So at 3am, what was I supposed to do? Well, first, I let it all fester – probably not the best choice. But as all my thoughts spiraled out of control, a still, small voice entered the chaos.

“You aren’t.” 

Wait, what? It was almost like a whisper on the backtrack of the repeating melody.

“You aren’t.” 

Listen, I don’t claim to have it all together, and I don’t claim to have a one-size-fits-all approach to tackling anything. But, in the midst of that truth, I do have encouragement. You can do this. You aren’t worthless. You are good enough. You are prepared. You don’t need to compare yourself to what that other girl is doing, or what that other friend is accomplishing. You are you – and the world needs that.

So in the midst of those attacks from the enemy – let’s just identify that right now – listen to that still, small voice. Ignore that loud booming one that is calling out the insecurities and spouting lies, and listen to that still, small one that instills hope and security in you. The one that pours out love unconditionally. The one that says ‘you can do this’, the one that says ‘you’re going to change the world.”

And if you can’t hear the voice, find a friend who can – because sometimes you just need a listening ear and a reminder of who you are.

Now, go change the world.

With Encouragement,