Daily Delight

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Do you ever feel trapped by all the areas of your life that need improvement? Do you find yourself drowning in insecurity and self-doubt? Do you beat yourself up the first moment you fail? You are not alone.

If I kept a list of all the things I could do better at in a day it would be endless.
It’s as if I carry around a measuring stick everywhere I go. I am painfully aware of all the places I feel I don’t measure up. Aren’t we all? 

But the more I focus on my sin and all the places in me that could be better, I begin drowning in shame, condemnation, and insecurity. When I measure my worth and value based on how I measure up, I live in a constant state of disappointment in myself. 

But here’s the trap: inside, I was so aware of my flaws. I was trapped in shame and didn’t even know it was shame. Shame is the belief that I am not enough. That something needs to change in me to be worthy of love, grace, kindness, forgiveness, connection, etc. 

When all I do is focus on myself, I am paralyzed by my inability to change all my flaws. I completely lose sight of Jesus and what He did for me on the cross because I make it my goal to try to fix myself. Saying that out loud is not easy, but deep down it’s true. 

Of course, God’s Word speaks directly to this: Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. -Psalm 34:5 (NLT)

The truth is I can’t fix myself. God doesn’t even ask me too. All He asks of me is to simply come to Him, look to Him, and trust Him to work. Looking to God for help is all about taking the pressure and expectation off of me to be able to save me and solely trusting God to do it. In that place, shame has no room to live because the focus is not on me being enough or not enough, but on Jesus being enough. And as I rest in the absolute truth that Jesus’ work is enough, I am radiant with joy.
It’s time to throw the measuring stick out. Who’s with me? 

{photo: @byhannahrose}

About the Author

Stacey Welch≫ ≫ Stacey is a daughter, sister, friend, leader, learner, roommate, lover of coffee, chocolate chip cookies, and the moon, and most of all a girl trying to work out God’s grace on the journey. Her love for Jesus and the Word of God spill out of every word she writes and is her hope for life. She is passionate about people grabbing onto God’s love and promises. Stacey is a Cincinnati girl residing in Northern Illinois and spends her days loving on the cutest little boy with Down syndrome.


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