It’s a theme in my life right now:
Hey! Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself!
I am in need of this lesson…what about you? I have a feeling I’m not alone on this one. God has been nailing this one home on me these past few weeks, well my entire life.
And especially last night.
But He gives us more grace
You see, God gives us grace.
-Grace for salvation because mercy, you know we can’t achieve that on our own.
-He gives us grace to make it through the day with a whining 3 year old, a cranky 5 year old, and 2 big brothers who can’t stop hitting each other (boys).
-Grace for not getting a blog post done in 2 weeks though I think about it constantly.
-Grace when the house looks like a tornado but I know I should work on it more diligently…when I can find the time!
Grace, grace, grace. We need to give ourselves some slack, some grace.
We recently purchased a slack line and set it up in our front yard between some trees. It is so much fun for us and the kids, well most of the kids, all of the kids, until it gets pretty hard and they fall off. We carefully walk across a rope, thankful that it’s only a few inches off the ground. A rope that is about 3 inches in width. A slack line that sways back and forth as you are trying with all your might to cross the distance.
Trying so carefully not to fall off.
The same is true for us: we are walking our own tightrope with the expectations and standards we put on ourselves, our culture puts on us, other people put on us. And the pressure, the push for more more more, perfect, perfect, perfect, do, do, do (hehehehe, I can’t help it-doo-doo you can tell I live with boys).
It’s exhausting, it’s discouraging, and disheartening.
This was what was going on last night. Satan knows exactly where to push my buttons. When we are doing something good for the Lord, Satan is going to try his best to get in the way.
Insecurities pop in our heads, short tempers come out, exhaustion from a long day. All of our failures we put on ourselves seem to creep up and manifest themselves at the most inopportune times.
Yeah, Satan has a role in that.
I knew it though. You know how I knew it? The Scripture tells me-
1 Peter 5:8
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
When these feelings pop in, we have to stop, think, and pray: Lord let me see what’s really going on here.
And He did show me. I knew it.
Have you ever thought about this- There is a reason on Sunday mornings your kids fight and bicker, you are too tired to go to church, you and your spouse get into a heated discussion… Satan is trying to keep our eyes focused on anything but the Lord.
And that was happening to me last night. And even though I knew it, I knew what was going on; this is where I was at: how do I get past my feelings, specifically last night my insecurities and failures, to accept what the Lord is telling me in Scripture.
Our enemy is not myself, not someone in your house, or a co-worker who makes you feel less than adequate, or a friend who seems to have it all together:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
When all of this starts to come to the forefront of your life, get your mind on some of these Scriptures:
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Romans 12:18
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Philippians 2:5
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Bring these Scriptures to mind, meditate on them. And pray them.
I’m going to be honest with you: I don’t have it down. In a perfect world I would say
Oh, all this happened last night, then I remembered Scripture. Once I did that everything turned around, I was so happy, and all my problems were solved.
Ugh, No. This does not happen. I told the Lord, look I know Satan is attacking me, I know what your Scripture says, but right now I’m having a hard time accepting it. Lord, give me the strength to apply that Scripture.
And you know what, He does.
God had this in store for me today.
My devotional this morning was on, wait for it…
When Negative Thinking Stands in the Way of Following God’s Call
Yes, I am not making this up folks. I kind of laughed and told God He was funny, and I’m so thankful He is. He knew exactly what I needed today,
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect will.
I knew He had this for me. It’s what I went to sleep thinking about. Then I wake up to have my quiet time with God and this is my topic of the day.
Coincidence? Not a chance.
Here is a quote from the devotional: When we Invite God to Transform Our Minds, He will.- Tracie Miles
Click on the picture to take you to Proverbs 31 for the full devotional.
Do all of these insecurities disappear now? No. But, I get my perspective back. I see myself how God sees me. Perfect, because I’m covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Can I get an AMEN?
That’s it. My failures, insecurities, self-doubt is put in its place. And my eyes are on the prize. Will it stay this way? Nope, this is work. Imperfect Progress. Something that the Holy Spirit will have to help me through on more than one occasion I’m sure.
What about you? Do you need to give yourself some grace? Are you putting so much pressure on yourself to be perfect and hold it all together that when you fall off that tight rope it will be a mighty fall?
Do you know the Scripture but are having trouble accepting God’s grace?
or have you never even heard of God’s grace and want to know more about it?
Enjoy this song to remind you:
Keep Your Eye on the Prize!