Sound familiar? In the past week I’ve thought all these things to myself and about myself. I am willing to give everyone else wiggle room, accepting that they are not perfect and sometimes don’t live up to my standards or theirs. But do I cut myself any slack? No way. Why am I not perfect? Why do I keep making these mistakes? Why can’t I finish my to-do list, or even one simple task?
By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8–9 (NRSV)
“Hey, your room looks pretty good considering you moved in only three weeks ago.” That passing comment jolted me out of my self-criticism. I may not have done as much as I would like, but I’ve gotten things done. I have been trying. I have been working. And yes, I’ve also been taking unnecessarily long breaks and getting absorbed in Netflix and social media; but that’s OK. I don’t have to be perfect. If God can offer me grace, I can offer myself grace. And God’s grace doesn’t depend on how much I do today.
THINK ABOUT IT: For what do you need to offer yourself grace today?