Sometimes I wish I could record the things I say to myself and play them back. I think I would hate being friends with me, at least on some days. I have just recently started a job that requires me to be compassionate on a daily basis, a spiritual gift that has always come very naturally to me. From as long as I can remember, I have been compassionate to all but one…me.
I have read that often times the most compassionate people, have the least amount of compassion for themselves. I like to think I am nice to myself until I hear myself say, What were you thinking, That wasn’t good enough, They probably think you’re a total idiot, etc. UMMM would a compassionate person ever say that to their friend? I’m thinking absolutely not. Has anyone else ever caught yourself in this vicious cycle?
Over the past month, I have been studying scripture on a deeper level than I ever have before. Truly grasping the unimaginable amount of love and grace my Savior gives me on a daily basis, helps me realize, I don’t have to have it all together. Praise God! He gives me grace, so I need to give myself grace. We fail, we try again, we fail, and we will never be perfect. However, we serve a God who was and is and always will be perfect and for that reason, we can rest on the fact that we never have to measure up to that standard. The Lord has created you for greatness. The Lord has not set you up for failure, and he has definitely not created you to bad mouth His beautiful creation. These are the things the Lord says about you… You are cherished, beloved, you have been redeemed, you are not condemned, you are set free, you are chosen and blameless before God, you have boldness and CONFIDENCE, the peace of God will guard your heart and mind, God loves you.
This week I challenge you to talk to yourself like Jesus would. Give yourself grace after you mess up! You are valuable.