Feeling Second Best

       If you struggle with feeling second best, pinpointing life-events which Favoritismhave shaped this perception come easily. Maybe, you felt the least growing up in your family, or the last to be considered in social events. Perhaps you were always second choice in relationships, or passed-over for a job promotion–whatever the situation, coming in second (especially multiple experiences) can leave emotional impressions that lasts a life time.
       People deal with the effects of being bypassed (or discounted) differently. One person might be inclined to fold on an opportunity too soon because they don’t want to deal with losing to someone else. Another person might aggressively pursue an opportunity in efforts to come in first place. Either way the motives are stemming from the same place: that nagging fear of not quite measuring up.

       It is important to be know that the “emptiness” felt in this struggle is normal. Trying to fill that space with the wrong kind of reassurance leads to an even greater void. Recognizing that the deep sensation of emptiness is not a reflection on you or your value helps to reorient. Someone’s favoritism of another person over you, has nothing to do with the real you, only the perceived you in their faulty perception. Which brings us to our second point, more often than not, it is not you, but something amiss in the heart of a favorer. 

       A favorer is easy to recognize. They tend to favor superficial things or people for superficial reasons. You may have all the necessary qualifications and still be overlooked simply out of shallow preference. The word superficial has the meaning of lacking depth. Therefore, not only is the recipient being favored for a reason that lacks substance, but the favorer themselves are lacking the character to recognize depth, “But if you show favoritism, you sin…” (James 2:9). Remember, someone else being favored over you never takes away your true value, but is generally an indication that the favorer needs a heart adjustment. We have all been here at some point “favoring”. Our “feeling second best” can serve as a reminder to resist the favoring of others for superficial reasons.

       Consider David the shepherd boy in the Bible. Even the prophet Samuel (a man of God) erroneously miscalculated his value, favoring the impressive. When God called Samuel to anoint His choice for a new king from among Jesse’s sons, David was not first, second, or third …but eighth choice in Samuel’s estimation. My goodness! talk about not measuring up!

       Do you remember what God said to Samuel regarding this error of judgement?

“The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”(1 Samuel 16:7)

       The Scripture is replete with similar scenarios. Consider for yourself the great men and women used of God. Were they not second choice in the world’s eyes? What about Gideon? How about Joseph? Think about Esther, and don’t forget the impoverished Mary. The list goes on.

       Based on God’s Word we can confidently assert that not measuring up by the world’s standards is never a deterrent. In God’s economy it is rather a catalyst for great things. Extraordinary adventures await those who are overlooked in this this world!

“…But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”

(1 Cor 1:26-29)

Blue Skies: Beyond The Dark Clouds Of Broken Thinking inspires freedom from the emotions that hold us captive in feeling second best. In God’s economy we are never second choice.

74153141_Kindle Ready Front Cover JPEG_7757254Discover how to manage difficult emotions such as insecurity, inferiority, anxiety, discouragement, depression, hopelessness, etc. 

Using Philippians 4:8 as the fulcrum, Blues Skies leads the reader on a transformative journey for the mind.

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