Do you ever feel like you’re trying to figure out who you really are? Well, guess what? You’re not alone! Sometimes, we have this little voice inside our heads that says, “Are you sure about this?” or “Can you really do that?” – That voice is called self doubt, and it can mess with our spiritual growth.
Our job is to kick self doubt to the curb and help you be more confident in the person God has created you to be. If that is something you have a hard time doing, continue to read as I share strategies to overcome self doubt.
“Finding out who you are is tough, but being happy with it is even tougher.” Ellen DeGeneres
That makes sense, especially when we’re talking about our spiritual journey. So, let’s chat about it! This blog post is a guidebook to help you beat self doubt in your spiritual walk.
How to Overcome Self Doubt and Thrive Spiritually
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Understanding Self Doubt in the Spiritual Journey
Let’s explore how self-doubt relates to our spiritual gifts.
Picture your spiritual gifts as special skills The Lord has given you. It’s like having a magical toolkit.
However, self-doubt tends to play the spoilsport, introducing uncertainty about your abilities using these remarkable gifts.
Imagine having a remarkable talent and questioning its true brilliance—this is the nature of self-doubt, a subtle voice attempting to cast shadows on how amazing you truly are, and how doubts how God can use you.
Factors that contribute to self doubt:
Let’s dive into why women may encounter self-doubt.
1. We engage in comparisons
When we witness someone else gain attention or display their abilities, we compare their abilities to ours.
This can lead to questioning whether our abilities are as good, or why people are noticing someone else- and not us.
2. External Scepticism
Another factor contributing to self-doubt is external skepticism. Imagine dancing joyfully to your favourite tune, only to encounter someone expressing a different opinion about the music and your enjoyment of it. Their opinion can suddenly make you question your taste in music, or question why you like it.
Similarly, external skepticism can impact how you see your spiritual gifts. When you serve The Lord in a certain way and feel like you are following God- someone may question what you are doing and why. This may create doubt about your gifts and how you use them.
Despite these challenges, our mission is to dismiss self-doubt completely.
Your spiritual gifts are given to you to give glory to God. So, our goal is to display them with unbridled pride.
So, in those moments when doubt seeks entry, remember that you were created in the image of God. He has given you specific gifts to use for Him and NOT for the approval or praise of other people.
You can also remember the following:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10
Recognizing Your Unique Spiritual Gifts
The Bible highlights recognizing one’s unique spiritual gifts, emphasizing that these gifts are intentional endowments from a higher source.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
This passage highlights the diversity of spiritual gifts and who gives us our gifts.
The Bible encourages believers to use their gifts for the greater good, contributing to the unity and well-being of the community.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.1 Peter 4:10
This underscores the responsibility to employ one’s unique gifts in service to others, fostering a harmonious and interconnected spiritual community.
Therefore, recognizing and embracing these gifts is not only an acknowledgment of our identity in Christ, but it’s also a commitment to fulfilling our purpose within the broader church and walk with God.
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The Role of Comparison and External Expectations
As we scroll social media or spend time reflecting on ourselves, an incorrect image may emerge and we start asking: “Am I measuring up? Does God love me the way He does others? Do I have something special about me that I can do?”
These types of questions are normal and many people experience this. But, these thoughts require us to pay attention and start some personal examination.
When playing the comparison game, we may find ourselves questioning our spiritual journey, and relationship with God compared to others.
This tendency is an unseen intruder and has the potential to start self-doubt.
But, we don’t have to fall for this trap. We can use those initial thoughts of self doubt to remind us of the truth.
When we see another christian doing something awesome for The Lord, instead of feeling down, we can look at what others are doing and think, “Hey, that’s pretty neat! Maybe I can try something similar.”
This turns comparison into your personal coach, nudging you to explore, learn, and grow.
Remember, your spiritual journey is YOURS. There’s no race, no finish line.
So, let’s kick that comparison to the curb, and turn it into inspiration.
Dealing with skepticism and criticism
Dealing with skepticism and criticism is like mastering takes practice, but you can tackle it with grace and confidence.
When faced with skepticism, try to understand where it’s coming from. Sometimes people just need a little enlightenment about your journey. Stay calm and share your experiences with genuine authenticity.
When faced with criticism, take a moment to breathe and resist the urge to react impulsively. Respond with grace by acknowledging the feedback, even if you disagree.
For both of these, communication is key! Express yourself with clarity and kindness. Use “I” statements to share your feelings and experiences rather than pointing fingers.
Remember, not everyone will understand your journey, and that’s perfectly okay.