Pause for a moment and ask yourself what you’ve thought about yourself today? What do you say to yourself about yourself? How do you see yourself? When you look in the mirror, what do you think about the person you see?
It’s easy to see ourselves through a lens of criticism, since we’re usually aware of our own shortcomings. We may even think God is disappointed or angry with us because, try as we might, we mess up. But God looks at you as beautiful, valuable, a precious child He was willing to pay the highest price for. And someone for whom He has special plans.
In Ephesians 1 we read, “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.*”
So when we talk to ourselves about ourselves, let’s make sure we agree with God. Plus, when we’re kind and extend grace to ourselves, we’re better able to extend grace to those around us.
*Ephesians 1:11-12, The Message