Have you ever felt “less than?”
Less than pretty?
Less than popular?
Less than loved?
Sometimes those negative voices can infiltrate our souls and tell us we don’t measure up.
But in order to feel “less than” we have to be comparing ourselves to something or someone we feel is “greater than,” and that is where we get into trouble.
Because of my analytical nature, I occasionally step into the downward spiral of comparison. In reality, the Bible says our conduct should be “without covetousness” and we should “be content with such things as you have” (Hebrews 13:5).
We need to rest where God has us during this season and the only comparison we should draw is between us and a Holy God. That’s when “less than” is the right place to reside.
John the Baptist was front and center, preparing the way for Jesus to come on the scene. He was front and center at first but when the Son of God arrived, John said, “He must increase but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
Jesus himself said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus is saying, “If I am humble, you really need to be humble.
However in whatever we do or say, we need to exalt God’s greatness. “For I know that the LORD is great, and our LORD is above all gods” (Psalm 135:5). We are on this Earth to be in His service and to glorify Him, not ourselves.
So when we start feeling “less than” we need to trust our great God and realize we do fall short of His glory, but so does everyone else whose attributes we covet.
Less than pretty? We need to believe He has created us in His image and thank him for our unique design.
Less than popular? Trust that He knows the number of people and platform we can handle.
Less than loved? Our great God loves us so much that in Ephesians 3:18–20 it says we need Christ’s help to comprehend the width, length, depth, and height of His love for us. It’s beyond our comprehension.
So the next time you feel “less than,” rest in who God created you to be, no less than a child of God.