This week we are openly discussing the importance of accepting who we are created to be: God's children. I have to admit this position in the kingdom is a struggle I've had my whole life. The answer is simple: God created us (Psalm 139). He made us with every idiosyncracy of our personality. God knows us inside and out and desires a relationship where we are. This is not something we can earn or work for. No expectations. No checklists. No qualifications-except to accept Jesus and His sacrifice.
When we embrace this view our ourselves, suddenly the world changes. We are no longer comparing ourselves to others wishing we were skinnier, taller, had more money, better cars, bigger houses, even feeding our kids better meals. You see these comparisons are used as bait from the enemy to keep us searching for ways to improve ourselves according to the world's standards.
I believe it is crucial that we speak truth over ourselves that line up with God's word. When we are tempted to say, "If I were..." to instead say, "God, you created me to be ..., help me to be content with your creation." This is a continual alignment with God's standards.
In my life, this battle against perfectionism and comparison is going to take awhile to turn around. My first temptation in the midst of a "thought crisis" is to go right back where I came from. This is when the seeds sown from God's word are necessary to offer rebuttal to such defaults. A continual renewing of our minds leaves us in a place of freedom in our relationship with Jesus.
My Prayer: God, thank you for showing us a road map out of perfectionistic thoughts in your word. We choose to change our defaults to a standard that lines up with what YOU think of us. Thank you for not making us work for your love; but just accept it as a free gift. We relish in the freedom you offer and want to go further into that peaceful place. In Jesus' name!