Yep, you keep messing up. Your to-do list has had the same three NEED TO DO! tasks on it for weeks now. You thought you would be really good at something but it turns out you’re not and you can’t shake the shame. You’re overdue for your dental cleaning. You spent too much on junk from Amazon and the returns are sitting there like a pile of shame.
You’re too busy to keep in touch with those who you truly love and waste hours scrolling through pictures of people you went to high school with and don’t even know. And ARE YOU REALLY PAYING FOR THAT GYM MEMBERSHIP YOU ARE NOT EVEN USING?! Loser.
You ate an entire bag of expired microwave popcorn and feel sick. You meant to take a walk outside or do a devotion or really start journaling and October was supposed to be the month that you organized the wrapping paper closet. But so far, you’ve binge listened to questionable podcasts and scrolled through furniture on Wayfair.
Guess what? Me too. All of it. I control my day so I never have to leave my comfort zone. And then I’m so harsh on everyone else who is doing exactly that. Guilt and shame and judgy-ness. All the things. And, man, it all takes a toll on my soul. I’m lugging around an extra hundred pounds of bad feelings.
And yet, I’m learning that I am still valuable.
Can that be possible? Can I be such a hot mess and also be worthy to Jesus? Can I be so disappointed in myself but also be so loved by God?
Yep. All of this. All of us. All the time. That’s the way it feels to live as both a sinner and a saint. We’re all in constant need of forgiveness–and totally forgiven. We’re running low-grade fevers of shame–and also sanctified. We’re looking for something to make us feel worthy–and constantly reminded of the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit happening right now in our souls.
Here’s the words I keep coming back to about just how much we are worth to our God.
From Romans 8:14-17…
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Ahhhhh! I need this message so badly. Without this constant reminder, I will totally live as a slave to my own shame, ego, past failures, and this-is-way-too-much-for-one-person to-do list.
Without this good news from God, I’ll keep myself in this painful cycle of shame- regret-guilt and never look up to see that God is telling me that He has adopted me.
My God is actually telling me that I’m so valuable to Him, I’m a co-heir with His Son. My God—who is creative enough to form me and loving enough to redeem me—is calling me His precious child. This is what I need today.
Can I get an amen, ladies? THIS! God is giving you the truth about who you are and this means everything. No clean house or finished to-do list or losing ten pounds can make you any more worthy than THIS.
God has told you that you’re valuable. Because of that, you are.
End of story.
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