What if your assignment is you?
Sounds weird, I know.
We feel called to love a world, but what if God is calling you to show that same love to yourself?
Maybe we’d be nicer to ourselves with our words.
Maybe we’d take a compliment.
Maybe we’d stop beating ourselves up so much.
Maybe we’d quit apologizing when there’s nothing to apologize for.
Today I want to take a little mini-break in the study, because I think this is worth talking about and I want to hear what you have to say about it.
In Come With Me, Chapter 10, we discover what it means to be rescued, how to love others, and how to let our faith be a part of our everyday life and conversations.
I meet extraordinary women all the time who do that well.
They are unique. They are courageous as heck. They have conquered hard things and they are talented. They love people BIG. They are in ministry. They are moms. They are single women or single mothers. They are older. They are young.
These women grab hold of Chapter 10 and they ask God this big question: Lord, how can I love people like you love me?
Some of those same extraordinary women – who love and care deeply — don’t even come close to showing that same love to the person in the mirror.
I get it, because that used to be me. It was deeply embedded in a lack of self-confidence. I didn’t see myself the way that God does.
We don’t have to stay in that place! No we don’t.
So, here’s a simple #ComeWithMe invitation for all of us.
Sometimes our assignment is to give compassion and mercy to the person staring back at us in the mirror.
Let’s speak truth and life to ourselves, when we need it most. Let’s offer a little mercy, for pete’s sake.
Let’s stop when we’ve run into the end of ourselves and let his words become renewed life in our bones and spirit.
So, this is your assignment.
Be nice to yourself today.
Pray about it.
Hold up your words that you speak over your heart and ask God to change them.
On page 182 of Come With Me, there’s a question that I asked and I want to tweak it just a bit today. I pray you’ll answer it here so we can talk and pray together.
5. Read Galatians 5:22–23. What does the Holy Spirit produce inside of us? Describe one way that this might show up in your relationships with those closest to you.
Here’s the revision: Read Galatians 5:22-23. What does the Holy Spirit produce inside of us. Describe one way that this might show up as you begin to see yourself the way that God does?