Recently I have been challenged by a few good friends to not care as much about what people think about me These folks are nudging me towards believing that God really does think amazing things about me.
Pondering what God truly thinks about me has been transformational. I can replace the negative messages that I repeat over and over again in my head with the truth of how God views me.
I am a perfectionist by nature. I long for the ideal in a world that is broken. I pray that I would readily show grace to others, but I often hold back from showing myself grace.
Last night I was shown God’s grace. I was accepted and forgiven. I was challenged to repeat out loud several times the following sentence: I forgive myself. Though the words came out forced at first, this was powerful for me.
God is continuing to heal the brokenness in my life, and though this process is challenging, I am thankful.
This morning as I reflect on yesterday, I am able to push aside the ways that others think about me and how I often think about myself to rest in the loving embrace of God’s grace. I am at peace knowing that I am deeply loved both by God and by others.