Our life wisdom for today...
"Until we are ready to deal with our mistakes and disappointments, they will weigh us down and make us question who we are."
That's a heavy one because “being ready to deal with” anything means two things come into play: (1) responsibility and (2) accountability. Both of those words mean we cannot point to anyone else for where we are. However, our experiences, mistakes, and disappointments can spin us into a cycle of regret.
The cycle of regret usually partners with shame, guilt, condemnation, and worst of all… fear. What typically happens is we stall out. We begin to hold place and become stagnant rather than moving forward as we begin operating under those weights and they are heavy.
If we're looking for change, looking to see something new happen, or have a desire to navigate through and show up differently, we must take a courageous step forward and deal with it.
The second part of this life wisdom is so incredibly important because when we have experiences, not only do we have to deal with all those emotions, but they often begin to make us question who we are. This is why it's powerful to always go back to who God says we are. We can rest on that truth rather than waver with who our experiences are saying we are.
You see, God has nothing but good things to say about who He created us to be. He didn't say, “because you are perfect”. He didn't say “because you don't make mistakes”. He didn't say, “because you won't experience disappointments.” He said, “we were good from the start.” And those things that are happening are simply what we are navigating through.
Those experiences are not who we are. Nor are they who He created us to be. Once we are at the pivotal point of wanting to deal with where we are, here are a few things that I think will be helpful.
(1)We must face the truth. The truth is, “who do you think you are” versus “who God says you are.”
(2)We must want the change else we will settle in where we are, which is comfortable, even though it’s not the best.
(3)We must do the work.
Here’s a short prayer to help us lean into forgiveness for ourselves and for others, and that we’ll open up ourselves to receive help.
Gracious Father –
We come before you and we thank you for your goodness. We thank you that you love us and care about us, and you have a plan for our lives that supersedes anything that we've experienced and any mistake we might have made. As we're wrestling now with this desire to move forward, I ask that you give us the first courageous act of forgiving ourselves. Help us to allow forgiveness to come in so that we can lean into your love. If something is standing in the way that is tied to someone else, I pray that you’ll give us a desire and a heart to forgive them. Help us to understand that forgiveness is not about excusing any behavior. But it's about setting ourselves free. And then finally, I ask that you be with us and allow us to open ourselves up for help to navigate through this season. God, I ask all of this in your precious son Jesus’ name. Amen.
You’re Good, Sis.
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Welcome to I'm The Good Thing. I'm the Good Thing is focused on helping women grow personally. Understanding our worth and value is the secret sauce to truly embracing our power. And the biggest revelation is rooted in accepting and seeing ourselves the way God sees us. When God uniquely created us, He without hesitation declared "We Are Good."