Feel Like You Don’t Belong? You’re Not Alone. Lean into God’s Word for the confidence you need June 21st, 2018 Hannah DeMarco
Feel Like You Don’t Belong? You’re Not Alone.
Feel Like You Don’t Belong? You’re Not Alone. Lean into God’s Word for the confidence you need June 21st, 2018 Hannah DeMarco
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I don’t belong here, I thought. My acceptance letter was a fluke.

I walked through the ancient university building. The sound of posh British accents filled my ears, making me feel insecure about my uncultured accent. I tip-toed through the hallways, hoping no one would notice me. It was my first day of grad school in England.

Once in the classroom, we exchanged the usual quick introductions. I studied at Oxford, one student explained. I went to Cambridge, another boasted. Yale for me, said another.

Then it was my turn to introduce myself. I was embarrassed to divulge the tiny liberal arts college I had attended, far from one of the top universities in the world.

An overwhelming sense of inadequacy washed over me. I was terrified of saying too much, sounding too dumb, of being found out. My mind froze, my face grew hot, and I counted down the minutes until the class would be over.

Have you ever felt this way before? Totally incapable, inadequate, inferior?

Maybe you just started a new job and feel like you won’t be able to do what’s required of you. Perhaps you’re a new parent, terrified you’ll do this whole parenting thing wrong. Or maybe you just moved to a new town and feel like you’ll never fit in.

When you feel this way, it’s easy to spiral into self-doubt. But the Bible tells you that you are enough. God says that you are worthy, that you can find your confidence in him when you feel like a fraud. God created you the way you are, and you are handcrafted for God’s purposes.

If you’re struggling with feeling like a fake, reflect on these 5 verses to find your confidence in God’s Word:

Ephesians 2:10, GNTD

God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

Isaiah 43:3, GNTD

I will give up whole nations to save your life,
because you are precious to me
and because I love you and give you honor.

Daniel 10:19a, GNTD

He said, “God loves you, so don't let anything worry you or frighten you.”

Romans 8:1, GNTD

There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:13, GNTD

I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.

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Hannah DeMarco
Hannah DeMarco

Hannah DeMarco serves as a Content Specialist with American Bible Society. Originally hailing from South Jersey, she is proud to call Philadelphia her new home. When she’s not busy planning her next European adventure, she can be found photographing city streets and local cafés – all while consuming her weight’s worth in hot sauce. Hannah’s love for writing extends into her role as an adjunct English professor.

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