Overcoming Inferiority Complexes
Many young people have difficulties because of inferiority complexes that began in their child- hood or teens. I can confidently assure you that there’s no other way for these complexes to be overcome but with the help of faith. Faith is the only thing that can help you change inside.
It’s like the story of the small diamond. It’s said that many metres below the earth a diamond was being formed through the powers of nature, amidst many other stones.
The stones around it were very old and crafty, and knowing the value of that diamond, began to criticise everything about it. They feared it would some day find out how valuable it was and then rule over them. “Oh little diamond, you’re so small, you’ll never amount to anything,” the granite would say. “True, you’re going to break any time now,” said the basalt. And the calcareous stone landed the final punch, “You’re just going to turn into dust, you know.” One day a miner found that diamond and, so excited, he took it to be cleaned and polished. When the diamond saw how bright and shiny it was and how it was valued above rubies, emeralds and all the other precious stones, it said, “I’ve been a jewel all this time and I never knew it.”
This is how people who hide behind their complexes live. Most of the time, the people closest to them are the cause of these complexes because of their negative words. Here’s a famous proverb: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18.21). If you feel shaken up by complexes because you think you are:
•ugly, fat, skinny, too tall or too short;
•shy, untalented, and no one likes you;
•treated unfairly because of your colour or physical disability;
• unhappy because of your unstable family, or for having been abused, etc.
Then know this, you are like that small diamond. You may be surrounded by granite, basalt and calcareous stones, but remember only what’s inside of you! The truth is that all of us were made in the image of God, formed in a unique way, with special talents. There isn’t one single person among all the billions of human beings who is like you, for you are unique. So, when negative thoughts come to accuse you and make you feel inferior, tell him that your life is more valuable than anything else in this world and that you’re unique.
Use this to make a difference in your life. Imagine becoming a positive role model in this broken society. How good would that be?
“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”