Self-Doubt

I am the least important of all God’s people. But God was kind and chose me to tell the Gentiles that because of Christ there are blessings that cannot be measured                                                                              Ephesians 3:8 (Contemporary English Version)

Albert Einstein. Tom Hanks. Simone Biles. John Steinbeck. Michelle Obama. Abraham Lincoln. The apostle Paul.

Do you have anything in common with these people? If you said “self-doubt”, you would be correct. Along with many, many more people, the individuals named above are all self-confessed self-doubters.

Interestingly enough, often people who doubt themselves are highly accomplished people who are introspective and self-aware. Perhaps the very ability to question their own ability is what helps to make them successful. At times, self-doubt can be crippling, and it takes courage to overcome some of the negative self-talk that accompanies such thinking.

I recall plenty of times in my own life where I doubted myself and my ability to handle certain situations. One situation that I used to relate to my supervisees was that when I made the move from working at a chronic care in-patient mental health hospital to community mental health, I felt lost. I was sure that at some point the agency director would find out how incapable I really was and he would invite me to leave!

This story often was helpful to my supervisees, because they usually felt the same way early in the internship. It is part of the process of learning and growing. In fact, I think it might be an essential part of growing. Healthy questioning of self is good and it spurs us to work at learning. We just need to remember that our inner thinking is not the only voice that counts. We need to rely upon others who know us well to get valid input that can balance a sometimes-unbalanced equation.

So, if you have self-doubt at times, I think that by looking at the list at the top of this blog, maybe you can get some reassurance…

Prayer: Lord, you have made us unique and in your image. Help us to remember that such craftmanship is worthy, Amen

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