I, like most humans, struggle with not feeling good enough. I’ve been having a lot of those feelings this week and as I was doing the dishes tonight I was pondering it all and feeling overwhelmed. God gently nudged me with a thought that maybe I don’t have to feel this way. What if I just moved forward thinking well of myself, trusting that I am good and doing the best with what I have?
Boom. I was hit with the best and simplest advice at the exact right time. That’s the kind of work the Holy Spirit does.
I get caught up in wanting to better myself that I forget that myself is already good. Of course there is plenty of room for improvement, but I don’t want to get so down on myself that I actually end up doing a worse job, ya know what I mean? When we feel negative emotions, we tend to do negative things.
That’s why I think Phillipians 4:8 is so important,
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
I am a new creation, therefore I am lovely. Despite what my negative thoughts or opinions on any given day try to say, I am new. Even if I mess up, I am still that new creation and God’s grace and mercy covers my ugly.
So now when I try to get down on myself, I will remember to believe in the goodness that God has put inside of me and trust that the world He has done and is doing is enough.