I enjoy walking to the bank. It’s a nice change from sitting all day.
The bank manager normally mills around and talks to customers. Today was Friday, so he was dressed casually. Monday through Thursday he wears a suit–an ill-fitting suit–and he seems a bit jittery. I got to thinking that maybe he’s uncomfortable because the suit doesn’t fit him.
The sleeves go way over his wrists and his pants are too long….he reminds me of a kid playing dress up. Maybe he feels inadequate and that makes him nervous?
I realize I’m speculating and this guy could be the most confident man in the world.
But my imagined story is not far from a truth many of us face everyday.
Feelings of inadequacy can sneak up on the best of us.
I saw a girl from high school today in a restaurant. She always made me feel small and unimportant. When I saw her, I panicked and found myself looking down, willing her not to notice me.
I thought about her and the branch manager as I walked back to my office.
My rabbit trail of thoughts led me to this conclusion:
We all play dress up at some point. We all experience inadequacy from time to time.
The act of dressing up, though, is actually a great test of our faith.
Sometimes you need to do it scared. Whatever “it” is for you, I can guarantee you that the first few times you step out will require a great deal of faith.
Your clothes will be too big.
And then you grow in confidence until you’re like Arnold Schwarzenegger, biceps ripping out of the sleeves from all the muscle you’ve built up. (Sorry! My imagination just got the best of me again.)
But growth like that takes time and practice and even a few failed test runs.
Don’t let these things keep you from trying.
Don’t let feelings of inadequacy stop you.