Perhaps it is because I am a “performance-based” individual. I thrive on accomplishing my goals, doing my best, receiving compliments, excelling in presentation, and so on.
I care. I care about what I do, how I present myself, what to say, how to live. That’s not all bad, if I keep it in check and maintain a healthy balance.
But, you know just as well as I do that success isn’t continual. I don’t always succeed. I don’t always say the right thing. I don’t always receive compliments for the good and helpful things I do. I sometimes fall short of doing my best. And, furthermore, some of my dreams and goals still seem so far off.
Why can’t I get there? Why can’t I just live in a state of success?
I know, I know. Life doesn’t work that way.
Life instead looks like this: Trying, living, failing, questioning, and getting back up.
Oftentimes, we get discouraged. We get weary. We get frustrated. When we don’t measure up to our own requirements, we somehow love ourselves a little less. That’s not right, nor is it OK.
My Daddy, my hero, has always said this: “It’s not about where you are — it’s about where you are going.”
Right now might not look exactly like you want. Your job might not be perfect. Your family might be falling apart. Your laundry might need folded. Your heart might be broken.
Life, though, is SO MUCH more than just RIGHT NOW.
Don’t make the “snapshot” of what is today the cover for the “album” of what your life has been, is, and is going to become.
Don’t lose heart. Don’t quit trying. Don’t love yourself less.
In these moments – the less than perfect ones – hold on tightly to the only thing that ALWAYS succeeds and NEVER fails – God.
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
~ Zephaniah 3:17 ESV
When you can’t stand where you are in life, when you can’t handle failing again, when you can’t imagine another hurt coming your way. . . Think on this.
Our crazy, awesome Heavenly Father is sitting up in His Heaven. He is delighting over you. He is celebrating you. He is right beside you. He won’t let you go. He never loves you less. He longs to quiet your spirit. He desires to calm your anxious spirit. He is singing about you. You’re his favorite.
You might not be happy with yourself. You might not have much to rejoice about right now.
No worries. . .
God is rejoicing just because you are, and He made you that way.