Let’s get one thing straight. You’re not enough. And you never will be.
So stop trying to prove that you are.
- Stop striving and demanding perfection in yourself. Only God is perfect. He made you as an image, not an exact copy.
- Stop demanding it in others too. They have good days and bad days. And, like you, they deserve a chance to get better.
- And stop shaming yourself every time you fall down and don’t perform they way you’d like. You ARE defective, but that’s because you’re incomplete. Everyone is. Only God has infinite resources. The rest of us live life learning how to respect our limitations.
But just because we’re finite, earthbound beings (for now) doesn’t mean we should groan about our limitations or aspire to mediocrity. That’s because we have grace:
- It’s grace that reminds us that we’re more than what we do. We don’t need to perform to be loved.
- It’s grace that makes up the difference between our expectations and other’s shortcomings and empowers us to be gracious with others too.
- It’s grace that frees us from trying to live for another’s applause. Or to be someone we aren’t.
And it’s grace that gives us the power to dream and to work hard—not because we are enough, but because we don’t need to be. We have grace.
What act of grace could you extend to yourself today?