Nothing too serious, but there are times when my work life can take a toll on me. I know better and am the first one to tell others to stop worrying.
Today, for the first time in a long time I felt like I had a small, public win at the office. I needed it and I can’t take any of the glory. God is so good.
What made the difference? I read these four points below. I wrote these to myself a few months ago when I was feeling very lost. Here was what I focused on today:
- God is a perfect father, who doesn’t compare me to his other children, he loves me. HE loves ME. He loves the imperfect me. I don’t need to waste my time comparing myself to others and spending so much time on my flaws and “growth” areas. God loves me in this moment and he’ll love me when I’ve improved and he’ll love me if I take steps back. God loves me right now. Right this minute, right this second.
- I can do nothing without God. When I’m overwhelmed and stressed it is because I’ve forgotten that he is in charge and somehow I think I’m in control. I’m not in control. God is in control and I can trust in his plan. The evil one distracts me into thinking I can control anything and everything. I am his instrument but I give it over to him to be the controller.
- It is ok to ask the Father for favor. I have been paralyzed by the belief that I must only serve others and God and that I should never expect favor for the seeds I sow. I spend too much time thinking I don’t deserve favor because I am caught up measuring the way I worship. Am I reading the Bible enough, getting on my knees or spending quality time in prayer enough to ask the Father for help? God is a loving and giving God. He will expand his favor on what the evil one tries to take away 7 fold.
- God admires boldness. I tend to take the humility/meek thing to heart and forget about being bold. I put on the breast plate of righteousness to go and do great work in the world. God has given me the gift of leadership and I will not put it on the shelf because of fear of what others may say about me. God never fails.
I will be bringing this out more regularly as a self-coaching technique. I love to encourage and mentor others and there are times when I need to coach myself.
I’m sure many of you can relate to getting yourself out of a funk. What do you do when you need to build yourself up? How do you overcome criticism?