Are you more focused on what others might be thinking about you, or on what God definitely is?
What you do is important, but don’t let yourself become defined by it. The world God has for you is so much bigger and better than that. Don’t let your identity rise and fall with your circumstances, paycheck, or the judgments of others, many of whom both criticize and praise out of their own insecurities.
On the days everyone and everything seems to be working against you, and you’d like to just give life the finger, first take a moment to open your hand. Open both of them, and let go of the extra burdens you’ve been carrying, the expectations you’ve been striving to meet, and the broken pieces of your world you’ve been trying to hold together. Under all that are the good things which make up who you really are. See them again—the blessings, miracles, breakthroughs, love, hope, and joy God has provided. And inside you, all the grace you need to brilliantly and powerfully deal with what’s yours, and the wisdom to release what isn’t.
Remind yourself as often as you need that your main job as God’s child is to cultivate your relationship with him. That includes recognizing who he wants to be for you in this season of your life, responding to what he wants to work on in your heart and mind, and receiving what he’s equipping you with to become all he sees you as. This growing relationship with Jesus is what heals, energizes, and sets you free to have peaceful, joyful, brilliant thoughts toward everyone and everything. Every moment you spend in his presence is increasing your wisdom, creativity, influence, and effectiveness. You’re becoming like him.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG).
You are who you think you are, so think like Jesus, because he thinks you’re amazing.