Do you want good things in life, but all the trying in the world sometimes makes it less good? Yeah, me too.
Sometimes I try so hard it exhausts me. Then I can only see what’s ahead of me, and I don’t like it. I see what isn’t good. I want it changed now!
I struggle to see the whole of what’s around me, which includes a lot of good. Like smiles, laughter, a home, food, freedom, flowers, and oh, the list could go on.
Maybe you and I have a few things in common?
Like trying to do a good thing by setting goals. Especially at the start of a new year, or with the start of a new job, or a new season in life. Setting goals is admirable and it can be helpful.
Except for when goals aren’t met. Grrr…
When I put new goals put in place, I look for progress. But I find it hard to revel in the things that went right. What stands out most tends to be what I’m NOT getting right.
Today, it’s almost two weeks in and already I want to chuck the list. Toss it aside like hot potato. Let someone else deal with trying to keep up.
Even if the list I created wasn’t realistic in the first place. Or it focused on too many things. Or it didn’t take into account real-life hiccups and the ebbs and flows of easy and hard days.
Sometimes, I forget to offer myself the grace I need.Sometimes, I forget to offer myself the grace I need. @theJoleneU with Click To Tweet
When I miss the mark, I am quickly tempted to feel like a failure. With a steady stream of thoughts along this line, I start to believe it.
Have you ever noticed this downward spin? And how it makes you feel like you’re on a carnival ride that just won’t stop.
Let me off!
That’s when disappointment and despair set in. Maybe you too have felt like it wasn’t worth it to choose goals in the first place?
Anytime that nasty, annoying enemy gets me to believe I’m less than who God says I am, I live from a place of defeat. He says I failed. I lost.
The truth is, I’m not defeated. Neither are you.Anytime that nasty, annoying enemy gets me to believe I’m less than who God says I am, I live from a place of defeat. He says I failed. I lost.The truth is, I’m not defeated. Neither are you. @theJoleneU with Click To Tweet
Jesus defeated Satan and sin already. It is FINISHED! It happened when He died on the cross and rose again. The enemy can’t accept it so he’ll do anything he can to get us to believe that he’s the one who won.
But God won. It’s done.
When I’m tempted to despair, I find myself believing God is incapable of being bigger and stronger than the things I feel hopeless about.
Instead of choosing to look at the whole picture, I see the way I’ve overeaten, or the lack of exercise, or the project that hasn’t even begun. My vision becomes so narrow all I can see are the mistakes I’ve made.
I miss seeing goodness. It’s there, I just have a hard time seeing it.
I don’t want to miss seeing it. Do you? What if Jesus was smiling and shining right next to us and we could see more of it? I think we can. Because He is.
There’s a verse in Scripture that makes me think of what it means to choose to see goodness over defeat. To remember that we’re meant to endure and persevere. And that God helps us do that.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24
I’m also reminded that beyond all the goals I set for myself, there is one worth pursuing wholeheartedly, no matter how much I stumble. To testify to the good news of God’s grace in my life.
With that, I give myself grace for failed attempts. I choose to receive that God has grace for me even when I don’t remember it for myself.
When I step back from my narrow vision, I can see more. God’s grace is a good, good thing.
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