Why do we do it? Why do we allow any type of number to define us?
We are all so much more than a number on a scale, in a bank account, on a report card or test, an hourly wage, number of friends, likes on social media, etc. So often, however, we put ourselves in categories, based on these numbers, and then punish ourselves for not meeting the specified guidelines. If we keep score based on what society thinks, or what we believe that society thinks, no one will ever measure up to enough.
What if we ditch the numbers game, and just try to be the best person that we can be each day? Our lives would change dramatically. We will never be perfect, and constantly focusing on our imperfections just brings us down. What we need to do, however, is learn to live by grace.
Every day, regardless of our situation, we need to learn how to extend kindness to ourselves. If we are always talking negatively to ourselves, and beating ourselves up over everything, then we will never move forward in our lives. We will always be stuck and defined by the number that we haven’t achieved.
When we learn to practice self-love, however, we can overcome the hate. Learning to be our own best friend is the one of the greatest things that we can do for ourselves. The devil is the one who is trying to destroy us. He works in our mind. If he can convince us that we are not good enough, that we never measure up, then we are exactly where he wants us to be. Instead of listening to our enemy, we need to remember that God knows all about us. He knows our every fault and failure and He loves us anyway. Our wonderful God can take our imperfections, our faults and failures, and use them for His honor and His glory.
When we focus on His strength, love, mercy, and grace for us, then we have enough of everything that we need. God will help us overcome every hardship, and win every battle. We just have to trust Him.
Whatever is bothering you today or holding you back from living the life that you so desperately want, take it to the Lord. Put it at His feet and trust Him to help you overcome it.
Love and blessings,
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