It feels like I want to just be alone now. It feels like I don’t want to hear one more criticism, see one more condescending stare, sense one more moment where I just wasn’t good enough. The problem is that I can’t get away from it by being alone. I don’t measure up to my own expectations.
So often, the things that I write come from a place of resentment, a place of criticism, of others, their weaknesses, their failings. I see the holes in their logic, the flaws in their ideas, and I want to point them out. It has been a way to come out from underneath the unbearable weight of all the stupidity I have displayed.
I’m grateful to all who have read and commented on my posts. It appears that there are other like-minded people. And so, I will say to you what I believe God is saying to me.
You are good enough. You, as Christians, are accepted under the purifying blood of Jesus. You are holy and wholly loved, just like you are.
John 3:17 says that God didn’t come to condemn us, though He knows every human and every blackness that our hearts contain. He has every right to be disappointed in us, but He isn’t. It is freeing to know that His expectations for us are perfect. He can’t be surprised or shocked by how we perform.
This should not allow us to give in to our sinfulness but, if taken to heart, to free us to function under His grace, His love, His peace.
I need that now. Maybe you do, too.
3 thoughts on “Is That the Best You Can Do?”
Yes, Matthew, it is something I really need now. A verse I have really been hanging onto lately is Psalm 91:4 & 5a–He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge. HIS righteousness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night.
HIS righteousness, not mine. Thanks for a great post!
My best will never be good enough, but His best more than makes up for my lack. I too, have struggled all my life with terrible sense of inadequacy. He always encourages me to get up, try again, and let His grace be sufficient.