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“Am I good enough? Am I lovable?”

Have you ever found yourself witnessing the joy of a friend or family member getting engaged, or married, having a baby, or getting a new job and secretly thinking: “Why haven’t *I* done that yet? What is wrong with me? Why can’t I figure things out?”

The power of social media makes this phenomenon more prevalent than ever, and its pain more acute. What starts as the sting of inadequacy culminates in the shame of jealousy. And, inevitably, the Accuser invites us to blame ourselves for all of it.

“A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;” Jesus tells us, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The Lord encourages us to persevere through every doubt. We are all imperfect, we are all works in progress, and that is okay. God loves us anyway.

For every way in which you feel like a failure, there are myriad good things about yourself that you have probably ignored. The smile you gave to a stranger, the hug you gave to your friend when they really needed it, the seemingly insignificant compliment or words of encouragement. Even amidst your own frustration or regret, you are capable of being a light for others. That is a success in itself.

You were made with a purpose, and you were made out of love. Everyone is on their own timeline, moving at their own pace, and Jesus is with us every step of the way. He will continue to believe in you, forgive you, and love you; go and do likewise.

Pray for your friends and family; because regardless of how successful or happy they seem, everyone is dealing with something. Never compare your insides with someone else’s outsides, and never let comparison distract you from the life God has given you to live.

“Love your neighbor as yourself;” to fully follow that divine commandment, we must first learn to love ourselves. Not as the world loves, but as Christ loves us. May He always help us to do so. God bless, and happy Sunday!