Someone gave me some advice recently: “Don’t let what you don’t know contaminate what you do know.” As I thought through this statement related to my test anxiety, I realized how applicable it was to other aspects of life.

How often do we wrestle with disappointing others with a lack of knowledge or skill? But that doesn’t change how our friends see us. Maybe you’re afraid of letting someone down or even letting yourself down. But it’s that fear of the unknown that cripple our ability to function on what we do know. It isn’t that we don’t know what we’re doing or that we don’t know our abilities, but when we hear someone doesn’t believe in us or we don’t know something it wrecks us. We begin to doubt our knowledge and question if we are doing anything right.

Maybe someone told you that you’d never measure up. Maybe it wasn’t what they meant, but by saying it, it struck the insecurity you had in yourself. Whatever it is that caused this feeling of being a disappointment, we have to remember the truth. Even on the days when we have let others down or we didn’t hit the mark, God has never been disappointed in you. You are His child; therefore, you are beloved.

Furthermore, it is not just our thought process that wears us out over thoughts of being a disappointment. Sometimes we get worn down from working to prove ourselves constantly. It’s important to find recharging time and to pray and be renewed each day from our Father. My challenge for you in your season of tiredness or feeling like you’re disappointing others is to pray for a renewal of spirit. Clear your mind from the unknowns, and don’t let those thoughts compromise what you know to be true.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” -Ephesians 2:10

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31

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