Which of these is on repeat in your head?
a. You need to just grow up.
b. Quit living in a your own little world.
c. You're lazy and selfish.
d. Don't you have any common sense?
e. You'll never be good enough.
I've had them all said to me and I've doubted myself with them off and on through the years.
...and then... Not suddenly, but gradually, I started to realize some things. Some Truths.
A. Growing up
"Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3-4
B. The fantasy world
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world..." John 18:36
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14
But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love HIM”— 1 Corinthians 2:9
(Quoted from Isaiah 64:4 & Isaiah 65:17)
C. Looking in the mirror
Don't get me wrong, I always admired her work ethic and generosity. She was amazing in so many ways that she often did not see herself, because of her own inner struggles.
So often, we accuse others of our fight, projecting rather than accepting our own shortcomings. She never accused me of being lazy or selfish again. I didn't say a thing, she just let God work in her heart, as we should all do.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for HIM; fret not yourself... Psalm 37:7
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to HIS eternal glory in Christ, will HIMself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10
D. Sense and Sensibility
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:25
E. You are amazing!
For YHWH formed my inward parts;
YHWH knitted me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13
“Whoever believes in HIM may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that HE gave HIS only Son, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send HIS Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through HIM." John 3:15-17
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2