Her mouth speaks wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31:26 (CSB)
An email filled with criticism had slipped into my inbox that week and it hurt my feelings . . . for days. That one email set off a storm of self-doubting emotions. It’s amazing what one person’s criticism can do. When someone criticizes me as a mom, I’ll doubt myself as a mother. When someone criticizes me as a friend, I’ll doubt my ability to be a good friend. Ten people could say something nice to me or about me, but what I’ll remember most is that one person’s criticism.
I called a friend to process the harsh email and my emotions. With wisdom she told me, “Renee, you’ll never be perfect. And if you ever get to where you are perfect, you will be all alone!” Boy, she was right! I’m definitely not perfect, and I’m sure I’ll never be perfect. And I’m thankful because I don’t want to be all alone.
Sweet friend, here is what I know . . . Jesus was the only perfect Person to walk this earth, yet He was constantly criticized. But guess what? Nowhere is it recorded in Scripture that Jesus ever doubted Himself. No matter what, He stayed secure in His purpose and confident in His calling. That day, my friend spoke reality into my feelings. And God used her wisdom to remind me: Jesus depended solely on His Father’s approval.
What His Father said was all that mattered. And that is what He wants for us, too. He is there in the midst of our less-than-perfect lives, when disappointments and failures leave us empty and make us doubt our worth and purpose. He is there when we’re criticizing ourselves and questioning whether we have what it takes to be a godly woman. He sees us, and He’s pursuing us with the gift of His perfect love.
Let God be perfect. And embrace the less-than-perfect reality of your life, your day, and learn to see both as normal because, after all, only God is perfect.
This message was written by Renee Swope and appears in A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions That Meet You in Your Everyday Mess, a devotional from the (in)courage community available at DaySpring.com and wherever books are sold.
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