How is God calling you?
I've just returned from a 3-1/2 day business retreat at the beautiful Inn at Serenbe about 25 miles southwest of Atlanta with fellow participants in The Pink Coattails Mastermind group led by Laura West and Dr. Ellen Britt. It was a time of reflection, introspection, prayer, and rest. The theme of the retreat was expansion — exploring the question, “How is God calling us to expand personally and professionally into all we are called to be and do?”
Too often, we undervalue ourselves
There were sixteen smart, capable, successful business women at the retreat, and we all had one thing in common: we all tended to undervalue ourselves in one way or another. For some of us, it was poor body image. For others it was struggling to charge our clients what we're worth. Some described the imposter syndrome (who am I to think I'm knowledgeable enough or smart enough to put myself out there as an expert?). For many of us, it was playing smaller than we're capable of because we can't accept the truth that we have more power within us than our mind can grasp. We deserve to reach for the stars—not for personal gain or wealth, but for the gifts we bring to others.
Burn the self-limiting beliefs
One evening at the retreat, we did a powerful exercise—on a piece of paper, we wrote down the limiting beliefs we'd been holding on to. Carolyn Jones, the Energy Architect, led us in a prayer of thanks to these things for being part of what brought us to that moment and releasing them because they no longer served our higher good. One by one, we approached a blazing fire and threw in our pieces of paper, releasing them and the things written on them to make room for expansion and higher energy. We laughed. We cried. And we felt a palpable lightness when it was done.
I am under no illusion that I'm done with self-limiting beliefs. There are evil forces at work in the world that bring discouragement and other negative influences.
Someone will criticize me.
Someone will hurt my feelings.
I will make mistakes and put myself down.
God values us…so we must value ourselves
That's when we must claim the promises of Holy Scripture to remind ourselves that God holds us in high esteem.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16 ESV
Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians. 2:10 ESV. CLICK HERE for more scriptural quotes about how we are valued by God.
If God holds us in such high esteem, who are we to do otherwise?
Throw away the beliefs that no longer serve you
What limiting beliefs are you holding on to when they no longer serve you or your greatest purpose in the world? Give thanks—because they might have served a purpose in the past—and let them go. Fill your heart and soul with God's love, and let it flow through you—out into the world to those who need it.