Be Gentle With Yourself, You're Doing the Best You Can
"I just keep beating myself up. I thought I was making so much progress but now I feel like this is such a huge setback. I'm afraid of what people will think, what their perception is of me. I'm so hard on myself!" -Mel
A sweet friend recently shared this with me over coffee. It got me thinking about something. I think we all begin to believe the lie that if we just do ___, then we will be better. If we just eat healthier, we will lose weight and be the size we want to be. If we just work harder we will get the position we've been dreaming of. If we just try not to sin, we will get closer to God and be perceived in a better light by people.
But if we have a set back? If we reach our performance capacity?
We feel icky. We feel ashamed. We worry what other women are saying. We feel...not good enough.
And when someone else does? We judge.
Girls, we have got to rally behind one another. We've got to make a choice to celebrate salvation rather than dwell on shame. Shame is a liar. Because our worth as a human doesn't come from our performances. There will always be bloopers. It comes from Jesus. It comes from grace.
So to those of you struggling to believe that, wondering if you're good enough: Take my hand. I'm celebrating you tonight. And so is God.