For many years, I have believed the lie that in order to be accepted, I must prove my value/worth to others by my performance/achievements/success . Entangled with this lie was another lie, that other people must accept me in order for me to accept myself. God spoke the truth to me recently in a very special way: I don’t have to prove my worth because God has already created me valuable. He is the judge, not other people. Therefore, if God accepts me (which He does with open arms), then I can accept myself.
This morning, God gave me an opportunity to practice this newly revealed truth. I got up late, had barely enough time to shower & dress, grabbed a frozen dinner for lunch, and ran out the door without any breakfast. The road I normally take to work is closed this week for construction, but I forgot that, and out of habit headed that way. When I realized what I’d done, I had to take a roundabout way to work. I just knew I would be late, and I was stressed. Then I remembered what God said, “You don’t have to prove anything.” I didn’t have to prove that I was good by being on time to work. I began to relax and slow down. The pressure was gone. I was believing God. I arrived at work with 2 minutes to spare and a whole lot less stress. Thank you, Jesus!!!!
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;” ~Psalm 139:14
“to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. “ ~Ephesians 1:6