In Others’ Words: Prove it


love yourself take 3 2015

Go ahead it, prove it. 

How many times have you felt the weight of those words? Either someone else verbally threw them at you — or you taunted yourself with them.

Prove it. 

Prove it is never an encouragement. Prove it is never said in an “I know you can do it, but go ahead anyway” tone. Nope. Doubt is woven through and through those two words.

And this is why you  … and I … need to know who we are. We need to like ourselves. Love ourselves. And accept ourselves.

Because then, and only then, can we walk away from the Prove it challenge. It’s like Luci Swindle says: when we love ourselves — and that starts with liking ourselves — and when we accept ourselves for who we are, then we have nothing to prove.

You have nothing to prove. You already know the truth of who you are, strengths and weaknesses, beauty and blemishes, dreams and failures — the real you.

In Your Words: How do you respond to the words Prove it? What helps you walk away from the challenge to prove yourself? What helps you accept yourself for who you are?

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  1. April 1, 2015, 6:27 am   /  Reply

    Oh, sweet Beth! I love this quote too…but these are Luci Swindoll’s wonderful words, just as I wrote in my devotional book, Rise and Shine:

    Luci Swindoll says, “When you love yourself and accept yourself for who you are, you have nothing left to prove.” So right. Each one of us is different, beloved. And those differences are good.

    Forgive me for noting the correction, dear sister, but I KNOW you love to get things right.

    Love your heart, love YOUR words!


    • April 1, 2015, 8:58 am   /  Reply

      Good morning, Liz! Thank you for the correction, dear sister. I do love to get things right, especially when it comes to attributing quotes. Thank you for setting me straight — and and thanking you for giving me such sweet grace this morning.

  2. April 1, 2015, 7:04 am   /  Reply

    Beth, that’s about like “go look at yourself in the mirror” … never good words. But like you said, just knowing who we are through Christ … that’s what helps. I’d never be able to prove myself or totally appreciate the reflection, if it weren’t for God. Thank you.

  3. April 1, 2015, 7:12 am   /  Reply

    I loved this, Beth. It took years for me to feel comfortable enough with who I was to not feel the need to prove myself, my worthiness, to others. As I have worked through some of my issues and wounds, I’ve grown more comfortable with myself. One of the biggest things that helps me not feel the need to prove myself to others is remembering that I don’t need to seek their apPROVal. God’s already accepted me, and I’m His. And that’s enough.

    Well said today!

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