You Don't Have to Prove Anything to Anyone

This is one of my favorite clips from the movie Rudy. Take two minutes and watch it and then read the rest of this post.

Rudy: “I wanted to run out of that tunnel for my dad, to prove to everyone that I…” 

Mentor: “PROVE WHAT?”

Rudy: “That I was somebody.”

Have you ever felt like Rudy? You just want to prove that you are somebody. Maybe you want to prove that you are somebody to one of your parents, to an old teacher, a coach, your peers, your family, (fill in the blank) _______.

I feel like Rudy more often than I’d like to admit… Always trying to prove to the world that I am somebody. The only problem is, no matter how hard I try to prove it, no matter how much I accomplish, and no matter how far I’ve come on my journey, I never seem to feel as though I am the somebody that I am trying to prove that I am.

I have a feeling that I am not alone.

However, I am learning that we don’t have to prove anything to anyone.

I love what Rudy’s mentor told him when he said he was trying to prove that he was somebody:

Mentor: “You are so full of crap!  . . . Your five foot nothing. A hundred and nothing. You have hardly a speck of athletic ability and you hung in with the best college football team in the land for two years! You’re also going to walk out of here with a degree from the University of Notre Dame.  In this lifetime, you don’t have to prove nothing to nobody, except yourself. And after what you’ve gone through, if you haven’t done that by now, it ain’t gonna never happen.”

If you haven’t proved to yourself that you are somebody by now, it will probably never happen.

You need to rest in the fact that God already proved that you were somebody when He created you. That is all the proof that you need to know that you are somebody. Read Ephesians 2:10.

You are not an accident and you are enough. You are better than you think you are. You are worth more than you think you are. You are a somebody, you do matter, and you don’t have to prove that. Stop trying to. 

Take a few minutes and reflect on how often you find yourself trying to prove yourself to the world. Have you ever actually felt like you accomplished what you were trying to prove? 

Start reflecting on who you are and everything God has done in your life. Think about how far you’ve come. Think about the difference you’re making in the world. Focus on who you are, not who you think you need to be. You are enough. Believe that. 


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