Good Morning Everyone and welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts”. How do I measure up? That was a way of thinking I struggled with for years in my life and perhaps you have to or still do. Have you ever felt like this—“Do others love me for who I am?” “Discipline feels like punishment,” “Fear of what others think,” well this is just a few examples but you see where I am going!
How well do you take criticism or correction? For many of us it is something we struggle with and don’t handle very well. We either get defensive or ignore it. I was one of those people who would get defensive when someone would try and correct me about something. I didn’t understand why but now I do.
I took it personal. To me, correction was about what I was doing and came across as an attack about who I was as a person! I felt like my identity was being attacked when I was being corrected and I could never do anything right. Ever feel like that? Now, I have come to realize that way of thinking and reacting was coming from my past and it was a character flaw in my life that needed to be corrected and redefined .God takes these character flaws seriously in our lives and wants to correct them so that we can grow and mature in a healthy way.
Well, I am a prime example of how God can change a life! That is not me today. That timid insecure person is gone. He took a little farm girl, transformed her and called her to himself. That was October 10 1972 and I have never been the same.
We all have parents who raised us and disciplined us the best way they knew how. Perhaps at times that discipline did not feel very loving but we have all fallen short of doing everything just right. God does not discipline us thought as our earthly parents did, instead, his discipline is always done in love intended for our good, to correct us not punish us. This kind of love can only come from God.
If you struggle with your value and worth and pull away from God when you fear not measuring up, you are not alone. He is in the business of transforming us into his image not our image. God knows our weaknesses and is patient with us. There is no safer place than in the arms of Jesus, don’t run away, run to Him he will be there waiting!
Blessings and Peace, Dee