Inferiority, feeling that one is of a lower degree, rank, value, or merit than others. Many women struggle with this crippling emotion which can manifest itself in multiple ways. One way it manifests itself is in the inability to speak up because the woman struggling with inferiority feels that her input is not valuable enough to voice. She may also downplay special occasions in her life thinking that a celebration would not be of interest to anybody else. She often worries that she is an inconvenience to people, therefore she is quick to put herself last or take herself out of the equation all together. She frequently puts herself down before others have opportunity. She lives life feeling undeserving because she sincerely believes she is inferior.
Inferiority hinders her judgment and she is unable to make sound choices because her foundation is faulty. A simplified example would go something like this: If a woman’s shoe size is 6, but she feels certain her feet are a size 8, she will struggle with walking in larger shoes that flop on and off her feet. Her foundation is insecure, faulty.
Inferiority can affect many choices a woman makes throughout her life. The men she chooses to date might be bad for her. The job she takes might be in an unhealthy environment. The friends she chooses might be a negative influence in her life. The woman struggling with inferiority will think (based on her faulty foundation) that these decisions are right, only to have them prove to be wrong or unwise.
Inferiority also has a powerful influence on the people around her. Unfortunately, most people will treat her according to her manifestations of inferiority simply because we live in a superficial world that responds to the power of suggestion. For instance, if the woman is intelligent yet feels stupid, she may project that, and others will treat her the way she feels.
The truth is that none of her feelings have any basis in spiritual reality. Yet, she is still bound by them until the value she places on the world's opinion becomes less and less. The only hope for her struggle is to become intimately acquainted with God’s value system--and then embrace it--regardless of how she feels.
Intimacy with Christ is the key to healing. Christian women who struggle with inferiority may have head knowledge of how much God values His children, but they never believe it is true of them because they don't have the relational closeness and trust that grounds them in God’ s truths.
If you are a women who struggles with inferiority, God's Word needs to become the foundation from which you build a new reality about who you are and what you are worth. It is a reprogramming of the value Christ places on you, as well as on the things of this world.