The other day I was reading a news article about former First Lady Michelle Obama in which she admitted that she struggled with “Imposter Syndrome,” and that it never quite goes away. She struggled to believe why anyone would listen to her, because she was just a girl from the South Side of Chicago.
According to Time Magazine, Imposter Syndrome is when a person thinks they are successful because of dumb luck and not because they are capable. A person might feel like a fraud or doubt their own education, skills and talents. An estimated 70 percent of people struggle with Imposter Syndrome at some point, according to Time Magazine.
Michelle Obama revealed struggling with her own worth during a tour for her book, Becoming — a memoir and analysis of her life from childhood, to the White House. Obama is married to former U.S. President Barack Obama, who served the nation from 2009 to 2017.
As I read the article about Obama, I had to admit that I also struggled with Imposter Syndrome — not just in my personal life, but in my Christian life as well. I worked as a journalist and then a professor. Sometimes I wondered if what I wrote mattered to readers. And as a professor, I wondered if I had anything good to teach students. I also felt the same way as a Christian, wondering if I had anything meaningful to share with unbelievers, Christians in a crisis or just regular people I encountered at church or religious activities. I did not feel holy enough or saintly enough to be of service.
I believe that other women struggle with the same Imposter Syndrome in their Christian walk and perhaps they allow this anxiety to interfere with the call on their lives. Sometimes God calls us to do things for Him and we look at where we were, instead of what God is calling us to do for Him. We see the mountain and forget that if we have enough faith we can tell it to move out of our way. Take heart ladies, even if you don’t feel up to the task or unworthy, if God calls you to do something it is because he deems your heart is ready. I am sure we have all heard the saying that God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.
The Bible is filled with examples of the faithful who were reticent to take on a task or who had some fear in their heart. I do not know if Joshua felt something akin to Imposter Syndrome when God called him to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, but the word that God sent him, is medicine to any soul who feels like they are imposters in their faith and therefore cannot work for the Most High. God knows us better than we know ourselves. He defines us. He loves us. He trains our hearts. Look what he said to Joshua as he led the people:
“ Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
— Joshua 1:9
So, the next time you feel like a Christian Imposter, or an Imposter at work or at school, look to God to show you and tell you who you are and for your strength. And remember that God is with you always.
Be blessed ladies. Have a wonderful week and Happy New Year.