Why are we often our worse critic? How does God want us to view ourselves?
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14
We are good and made to do good things. Yes, we make mistakes and have difficult seasons in our lives, but we can rest knowing that we are loved by a Father that made us in His image.
When we judge ourselves harshly we live in fear of failure. We sit in our own doubt. We allow God’s purpose and plans for us to die as we let go of the belief that we can be good and that we have the potential to do great things.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loves us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39
Who do we find our identity in? When we believe that all our life and power comes from our own ambitions, skills, and endurance then we cannot appreciate the gifts and grace God has put over our lives.
Sometimes we experience traumatic events or go through rough years. We can then help others who are going through similar experiences. God has a way of using bad circumstances for a better purpose. He also has a way of transforming our mindset.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
When we view ourselves as children of God, we are able to see the positive side of situations. When we enter into more stressful roles at work and at school it can feel overwhelming. God has placed you where you are because you can be a light. God’s love will allow you to see beyond the challenges in your life.
Let go of the heaviness and the burden. He does not want this for your life. Yes, make no mistake, He wants you to improve and grow, but trust where He has placed you.