9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. ~2 Corinthians 12:9
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As I look over my life and all of the awesome things I have accomplished, I am reminded that while so many people look at those ‘things’ or those ‘accomplishments’ and think that life is perfect for me, it isn’t all roses and berries. It really isn’t and I imagine the same goes for you. Where people see you as this great person and sometimes forget that in all of the great things you do, you are still human. WE are still human. We make mistakes, we have shortcomings, we want to quit, we want to just put our heads under the covers and not come out for about a week.
I know … me too.
But as I was thinking about what to share with you this week, I was running a recent conversation hubby and I had through my mind and thought about the many people who have similar feelings of feeling like sometimes you can’t really let your hair down because of all of the expectations that others have on you. It gets stressful trying to live up to certain standards when sometimes you just want to scream and run and hide. Believe me I’ve been there. Part of who I am now has evolved from being who and what others wanted me to be to focusing on who God has called me to be and trusting that in spite of all of my mishaps, mistakes and shortcomings, He has called me anyway. The same goes for you too!
Now maybe this isn’t your story, maybe you don’t have a lot going on and you just feel like where you are and who you are isn’t enough. You feel like you need to be stronger, you need to have more accomplishments, more notches on your belt or whatever. Well I am here to tell you that whether you have lots going on or not enough… to let yourself off the hook. As the scripture above says, God’s power is sufficient for you. For HIS power is made perfect in your weakness. How awesome is that to know that when the world and society, and tv and magazines say you have to be perfect, God says it is in your weaknesses that His power is made perfect.
It is in your inabilities that God’s abilities can shine through. (you can tweet this)
Let yourself off the hook. Stop trying to be someone or something you are not. Stop trying to compete with and keep up with the Joneses. As one of my fav financial gurus, Dave Ramsey, says, stop buying things that you can’t afford to impress people you don’t even like. 🙂 Heck stop buying things you can’t afford to impress people you do like. If people only like and associate with you because of the car you drive, the position or title you hold, the size of your house and all of the name brand ‘this’ and ‘that’ you have, than it’s a superficial relationship and you need to let it go. You need people in your life who can love you when your poor and love you when your rich, who love you when you have and when you don’t have. Those are the essential relationships you need in your life. People who won’t lie to you but will tell you the truth about yourself when you need to hear it.
Let yourself off of the hook. It’s ok that you haven’t always lived a perfect life. We have ALL done things we are not proud of which is why God’s word is clear that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory. We have all made mistakes that we wish we could take back. Ask for God’s forgiveness and then forgive yourself.
Let yourself off the hook. We all have moments when what we see in the mirror isn’t as fit, beautiful, smart, wise, fabulous, prayerful, health-conscious, outgoing, motivated, confident, brave, daring and fearless person we know we can be or would like to be. So here’s your reality, you were made just right. You were fearfully and wonderfully made. You were made in the image of a God who created you to be perfect through weakness in HIS strength and power. All you need is in HIM. It is in him we live, move and have our being. Stop downing yourself. Stop self-sabotaging everything you do. Stop letting people speak negative instead of positive into you. Start speaking life over yourself and most importantly…
LET YOURSELF OFF THE HOOK…
- you will make mistakes
- you will fall short
- you will disappoint yourself every now and then
- you will have loss
- you will have days when you second guess yourself
- you will have days when it all seems to be falling apart
- you will have days when you know in your heart of hearts you didn’t give it your all
- you will sin
- you will feel sucky and yucky
I could go on but I won’t…. you get the point…
BUT guess what… it doesn’t have to stay that way. As you know I teach you to have your moment… so have the moment. But don’t stay in the moment. Learn from the moment. Deal with it don’t run from it. But also know that it will be in your weakness, your ability to be transparent with yourself and all that is good and bad, and your humanness where God will be able to show up and show his strength in your weakness. So whoever told you that weak people are suckas… doesn’t really know God and never really let their weakness be what God uses to show His purpose. Don’t let your pride keep you from allowing God to be who and what he is … GOD!
Let yourself off the hook, if God isn’t expecting you to be perfect, neither am I.
Until next time….
Choose to live in and on purpose!
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