Kindly let me speak from my heart to yours. You are extraordinary. You are unique. There is no one else on Earth like you. You’re not perfect. No human is. But, that’s ok because perfection is not the baseline. Grace is. The free and unearned favor of God is the benchmark for our lives. All we have to do is accept it as a gift from Him to us.
That said, I know that’s hard to do. Why? Often because our self-image prevents us from accepting the gift. We’ve made so many mistakes. We’ve screwed up so many times. We’ve been hurt too badly. It’s too late. We’re not tall enough. We’re not good looking enough. We don’t like ourselves because we don’t like our flaws. Our mental self-perception is influenced by the words of others as well as our own experiences. But, the only voice that really matters is God’s voice, and He says you are loved and amazing just as you are. He designed you a certain way for a reason. Listening to his affirming voice is the only way to understand what your purpose is.
So easy, yet so hard. There’s so much background noise in the world that His voice is hard to hear. Our attitude follows our action far more than action follows attitude. We can change our mood as a result of how we think and act. Change your habits and behavior and you can change your beliefs. On the other hand, waiting for the mood to strike is ineffective.
I have a challenge for you, if you accept it. Start with this action and commit to making it a daily habit. God says we are to encourage each other every day while it is today (Hebrews 3:13, NCV), and this is my way of attempting to do that.
Write these statements down where you can refer to them every morning when you wake up and every evening before you go to bed. Look at them. Say them out loud. Type them in an email or text and send it to yourself.
- God loves and appreciates me.
- God made me with certain strengths, and I must play to those strengths. I will renew my mind and think about those strengths.
- I can make my own unique contribution to the world and my purpose will be found in serving others in God’s name.
Here’s an added bonus. Email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “MindWolves Remind,” and I’ll add you to my daily Morning and Evening Ritual reminders where you’ll get a dose of gratitude and positivity. It will complement the reciting of those statements to yourself and may serve as a catalyst for the new habit.
Thank you for reading this, and thank you for allowing me to serve you. I am grateful for you just the way you are.