I learned young you should push back on areas you don’t like about yourself. For example, I don’t like that I get overwhelmed easily, so I’ll pretend I don’t feel overwhelmed. Then struggle and toil against that overwhelming feeling, that is one hundred percent human, and typically make myself more overwhelmed.
So I’m writing this for me today, I hope you get something too.
I think at the heart of the gospel is acceptance. I think of the woman who had bled for years without any relief, I think of the man with leprosy who was not accepted by society, both completely accepted by our Savior. And the Samaritan woman at the well who had five husbands and was living with another man, she was cast aside by her community, but totally accepted by her Savior. Embraced.
We can’t surrender what we haven’t accepted has happened. But when we believe we will be accepted by our Savior, we can accept some hardships ourselves. Because He accepts us today, tomorrow, forever. That acceptance is what can change this heart of stone into something beautiful.
I believed for a long time that I just had to “look good” for God. That’s not what He wants. He wants me to come, be seen, and known for exactly who I am, a sinner-then I can leave accepted, loved, cherished, whole. And this isn’t just for me, but for my neighbor too.
I don’t have this all figured out, but I know the times I resist accepting help, accepting truth, accepting love, accepting grace, or accepting joy I make my life harder. It’s like going against the current. It’s hard to withstand. Until you lose your grip and you’re sure you’ll drown, but all of the sudden those truths pull you up and you accept them.
Then they move into your heart, and they start to come out of you.
He’ll do that- He will accept you, all your faults, failures, all the good things you think you’ve done. He accepts it all.
Is there a piece of your past that you cannot accept? It will not kill you. Freedom comes from being freed from something.
Is there a part of yourself you distain? Trust me, it’s the part that can makes you real to others.
Is there a part of your family that hurts too bad? Accepting it can make it hurt less, because then you can move beyond yourself and into love.
Acceptance doesn’t mean condoning. Acceptance means once we do, we can ask for help. We can move. We are no longer stuck. We can use our resources. But there are very few resources to the one who “has it all together.”
Don’t be the one who “has it all together” its a lonely place to be. Real matters. Real is the best way.
You are accepted. Live out of that truth.