Join the Love Your Selftember Challenge! This post goes after the challenge to battle negative thinking with truthful affirmations.
The other day, I was trying to calm my screaming baby. It had gotten to the point where I was losing it. It seemed like nothing I did was making a difference. Finally, at the edge, I burst out, “Whatever I do, it’s never good enough!”
Immediately I played that back in my head. It’s not true. In fact, it’s kind of a ridiculous thing to say. I have two healthy and pretty happy kids. My house isn’t exactly sparkling, but it’s relatively clean. I make sure we have food and clean clothes. I’m not perfect, but I’m doing my best. I’m good enough.
In the day to day, though, I am much more apt to believe the lie. When I look on social media and see how much I fall short – how many people have more likes than me, do cooler things, or even just look prettier. (Embarrassing as that is to say.) When I have a task to accomplish, and I think of the million people who would (probably) do it better than me. When I mess up and fall short, which happens quite a bit. All of it becomes evidence that I’m not good enough.
But what kind of evidence is that? It relies so much on how I feel and not what’s really true. What I need to be looking for is how God sees me, not how I see myself, or how I compare to someone else.
The main scripture I’ve been meditating on is this:
Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)
God’s handiwork! There’s some debate about the definition of the Greek word, poiema. Some have claimed its definition is “masterpiece,” while many believe that it simply means “work”. But consider the effort and the purpose God puts into us:
His works are wonderful: Psalm 139:14 – “I praise you because I’m fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (NIV)
He creates us competent: 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 – “Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. “ (NIV)
He chooses us to be holy, blameless, adopted by him, and redeemed: Ephesians 1:3-7a – “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood…” (NIV)
And as it says in Ephesians, he has good works planned for us to do. All of these things indicate to me that God made us with much care, for a great purpose. We don’t have to fear trying to meet some unknown standard, or compare ourselves to others to see how we rank. We are God’s handiwork, and we carry out our own purpose for him.
What scriptures help you feel purposeful and secure?
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