Imagine for a moment that you can see yourself through someone else’s eyes. You are able to see your struggles in a different light. You can see your victories and your defeats. You can spot the times that you need someone to grant you the gift of grace. Now, why is it so hard to do just that? Why are we unable to cut ourselves a break? Why do we hold ourselves to such standards that we do not hold others to?
I want to challenge all of you for the month of August to give yourself a break. Allow yourself to relax. Give yourself grace! The same grace you are willing to offer your family and friends, offer to yourself. You are not doing yourself any favors by striving to hold yourself to such a high standard of perfection. When you do that, you are never satisfied with yourself. You are left feeling like you never measure up.
If your friends took a survey about you, I’m sure they would see all the good that you take for granted about yourself. So step back, see the good in yourself, and don’t be so hard on yourself. Grant yourself the grace you give to others.
The recipe this week is a delicious and guilt-free dessert. Yes, I said guilt-free dessert. It is summery and light and perfect for these hot August nights. I hope you love it!
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9