By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Our Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—TRY. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
How much of my life have I spent trying . . .
. . . to measure up to others’ expectations
. . . to be accepted
. . . to be good enough at something or other?
More years than I’ll ever admit to.
Most of my life, I’ve felt like if I just tried a little harder to be likable, or a better singer, or a better wife, a better mom, a better daughter-in-law . . .
. . . maybe all my efforts would be enough. That I would get . . . .? What?
Being accepted has been the motivation that’s driven me to try so hard for perfection most of my life. That sense of belonging in a group somewhere. Somehow, I might be considered worthy to have some sort of acclaim, or recognition. That I would be enough . . .
What I’ve come to realize over the past few years is that I don’t have to keep trying to be enough for everyone else to think that I’m worthy.
I just need to live each day in the way God’s directing me.
He’s already accepted me, called me His own. He sees me (and each of us who call Him Savior) as precious. He loves us. He is the One who goes before us.
Jesus is the one who makes me worthy. It doesn’t come from something I can do “good enough,” or something that is in me that is considered laudable.
I don’t have to try to measure up to human expectations, because God’s already called me accepted, beloved, His own.
This truth, as it sinks deep into my spirit, brings such peace. I do need to try to be the best Me I can be. The woman God’s designed me to be.
Good-bye to trying to achieve other’s expectations. To trying to measure up to human standards, which always change anyway.
Hello to accepting that I am exactly who God intends me to be. Growing in the grace and knowledge of Him, hopefully reflecting Him a little more clearly each day.
What about you? What’s one lesson you’ve learned as you’ve grown older? How have you come to a place where you understand your worthiness?
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