I think sometimes we can get caught up in whoever around us need us to be. Or all the things our inner voice points out that we aren’t. This is why I think it’s imperative that we take a moment each day & remind ourselves of who we are.
This week our affirmation is:
I am enough
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9a
I’ve thought many times about getting the word enough tattooed next to my semicolon. I almost daily find myself fighting thoughts that I’m too much or completely inadequate. Not only are neither of these things accurate. They are the exact opposite of who I am! They are the exact opposite of who you are! Even with our mess & the things we can improve, we are enough.
If we were never to change another thing, we’d still be enough.
If we were to become completely consumed by the things we feel must change about ourselves & live the rest of our lives chasing this elusive version of ourselves that will feel fulfilled because of things we did or changed, we would still be enough.
But, what if we decided that self-improvement was important, but not worth the cost of our mental health?
What if we decided that taking time to be grateful for how far we’ve come, taking stock of what we’ve learned, & shining a light on the things we ARE getting right, was just as important as becoming better?
As easy & simplified as it sounds love wins. Love wins in our marriages. Love wins in our parenting. Love wins in our friendships. Love wins in our families. Love wins in our church communities. Love wins.
What do I mean by, Love Wins? I mean that love covers over the inadequacies that we see as gaping holes in our life. Love is like that blanket in Harry Potter that makes things disappear. Goodbye to all the things that don’t matter where true love exists…things like your pant size, complexion, split ends, mood swings, depression, non-fancy car, or the dreams you haven’t fulfilled yet.
Love sees you as a winner.
How do I know this?
Because my kids who haven’t been tainted by the world & it’s crazy expectations see me as a winner. I am the best dinner maker, snuggler, blanket fort maker, & comedian. They look at me & have pure admiration. I don’t have a big head & don’t always appreciate this fact as much as I should. Yet they still think it & believe it. The grace they shower on me is astounding.
I find myself wishing that I was as nice to myself as my kids are to me.
I should be. I can be.
& this week I’m going to try!
I’m going to try & ditch the self-condemnation & being nit-picky at myself about every single little thing.
I’m going to remind myself that I am enough, just as I am in this moment.
Whether I’m still in my jams with crazy hair, hoping no one notices me in the drop off line at school. Or if I’ve managed to get up, get dressed, & feel like a Momma Model.
Whether I have a list of things I need to get done this week along with the list I didn’t finish last week. Or if I’m totally rocking my organization & on top of my schedule this week.
Whether I handled my kids dilly-dallying this morning with grace & Mother Teresa like patience. Or turned into a Momma version of the TRex.
Whether I’ve been in touch with friends & know what’s going on in their worlds. Or if I’ve been out of touch because of how overwhelming my own chaos feels.
No. Matter. What. Today, I am enough. Today, You are enough.
Yes, our inadequacies are still there & we can definitely keep diligently working on them. We can be good examples of growth to our kids & those around us. But a part of that is realizing when to stop. breathe. & be grateful for what we have today. be grateful for who we are today.
Let’s keep moving forward graciously together Loves!
The Mess in Me Honors the Mess in You