do you ever feel like you don't measure up?
that: you aren't smart enough. you aren't thin enough. you aren't rich enough. you aren't beautiful enough. you aren't creative enough. you aren't happy enough.
me? yes to all.
newsflash: someone will always be smarter, thinner, richer, more beautiful, more creative, and happier than you. but they will never be you.
i can sometimes spend so much time focusing on the awful lies that Satan plants into my mind, that i tend to forget what i am good at, and what i do have to be thankful for.
in Ephesians 3:16 - 19, Paul wrote,
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (NIV 1984)
you will never be perfect, but Jesus thinks you are to die for! when he died on the cross for you, he said, "it is finished." not I am finished, but it: the cleansing of YOUR sins. the next time you think you don't measure up, remember that Jesus picked up that extra slack for you! you are loved, redeemed, renewed. you are chosen, blameless, and holy. God knows every single inch of you, and He still longs for your affection. He has plans for your future that include hope, not harm (Jeremiah 29:11).
i pray that you are able to grasp just how wide and vast and deep His love is for you.