Do you find yourself getting frustrated with your mistakes, and struggling to change the things about yourself that you don’t like? In today’s post I share a Bible Journal page I created along with a story that illustrates my own struggles to change and accept myself, and the way in which God reached out to me with a gentle reminder that I am His work in progress.
How many times have you had a conversation with someone that goes something like this:
“You made a mistake. That’s okay, we all make mistakes. It’s a part of life. It’s how we learn and grow and become better people. The most important thing is that you learn from your mistakes.”
Or perhaps this:
“Yes you did something wrong, but we all do wrong things sometimes. There is nothing wrong with you. It doesn’t make you a bad person. It’s part of being human. The most important thing is that you learn from it. You ask for forgiveness, fix it if you can, and try not to do the same thing again.”
I’ve had these conversations with my children many, many times in last almost-20 years that I’ve been a parent.
And each time it’s given me a precious opportunity to re-affirm my love for and belief in my children.
I know they are going to make mistakes.
Lots of them.
I know that they are going to do things that they shouldn’t.
Yet that doesn’t change my love for them one bit.
I accept them for who they are, mistakes and all.
Besides, with each week, each month, each year that goes by, I see them trying.
They make the same mistakes less and less often.
Sure there are always new mistakes and misbehaviours that pop up, BUT……
I can see that they are learning, and growing, and changing.
And so, even though at times I many not be happy about what they’ve done, I do understand, I don’t hold it against them, and I most certainly don’t love them any less for it.
You know what else?
Even if I didn’t see them trying, learning, growing, and changing, I would still love them.
So why is it so hard to offer that same kind of understanding and love to myself, when I am the one that makes a mistake or messes up?