A few days ago, I was invited by a Facebook friend and fellow So Worth Loving blogger to a social media campaign called Overcome the Lie, developed by a lovely young woman named Ashley over at The Story Project. This is a week dedicated to empowering women to rise above the lies that they’ve been told or led to believe about themselves and to see themselves as beautiful and worthy because that’s who they are in the eyes of God.
I was a bit hesitant about joining in at first. It’s been awhile since I’ve felt confident and “on fire” enough to tell people that Jesus loves them or to talk about him with others. I still believe in God. I’m just trying to make sense of where I stand with him right now.
Still, even if my faith is a bit shaky at times, I decided to sign up. I’ve had my share of lies hit me over the head and settle under my skin, and I know how hurtful those lies can be. And women as a whole deal with all kinds of lies every day. The media feeds us ideas of what beauty is and we get discouraged if we don’t meet that standard. We tell ourselves that we’re not good enough, or maybe we’ve had other people tell us that. We relentlessly compare ourselves to others and measure our accomplishments against those of our friends and peers. We don’t know why we do it. We know we shouldn’t. But, maddeningly, we do, even when we believe in a God who looks past our faults and sees our intrinsic worth, which isn’t tied to our accomplishments or our failings.
And this campaign is The Story Project’s answer to all that, a challenge to women to throw off whatever is keeping them from feeling loved and accepted and to embrace themselves for who they are: good, beautiful, and worthy of love. If that sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, check out the links I shared above. We’re even gonna have a Twitter party on January 30. You should join us. And keep it tuned here for a blog post sometime between January 28 and February 1, where I’ll be sharing some of lies I’ve struggled with.
See you next week?