Have you ever thought or said these words to yourself?
I can’t …
I won’t …
I don’t have what it takes.
The root of the pesky feelings behind these words are fear and comparison. Imposter syndrome can make you feel “less than” and keep you focused on how you don’t measure up. This syndrome can keep you and I stuck, make us believe lies about ourselves, and prevent us from pursuing our purpose.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging. As the country slowly reopens, many of us will find ourselves out of our comfort zones, and in a “New Normal.” You may think you don’t have what it takes to navigate the new normal.
You are not alone
The Israelites went through a terrible time of oppression by the Midianites. God called a young man named Gideon to rescue Israel. Gideon had objections. He felt unqualified, after all, he was from the weakest clan and the least in his family.
“But Lord, how can I rescue Israel? My tribe is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” Judges 6:14.
By his standards, he did not have it in him to stand up to the threat. He felt inadequate.
You and I will feel like Gideon if we focus on our inadequacies and how we are “less than”.
The imposter syndrome keeps you and I focused on “self” rather than God’s abilities.
Navigating the New normal
Navigating the new normal will require us to step out in faith and depend on God. When Gideon destroyed the temple of Baal, he stepped out in faith. And you know what, God met him right there and empowered him to take the next step, and the next step after that.
Then the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with power. Judges 6:34
Here are three ways to deal with this pesky imposter syndrome and navigate the new normal:
- Shift your focus. Remember your identity in Christ.
- For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
- Renew your mind with God’s truth.
- For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
- Bring your challenges to God and ask him to clothe you with his power.
- For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Our feeling of inadequacy is no barrier for God to use us. He can use any circumstance to train us to have courage.
In what ways will you let go of your insecurities and trust God to help you with your “new normal”?
Friend, God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness . (2 Corinthians 12:9)
As you step out in faith, you can trust God to cloth you with his power.