Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
Matthew 5:8 NKJV
I admit it; I’m my own worst critic.
I don’t like messing up. I don’t like disappointing people. If I fail, I feel as though I’m letting others down. I know God doesn’t expect me to be perfect, but I can’t help but feeling like I’m just not good enough a lot of the time.
Sometimes I find myself trying to do everything for the wrong reasons; appearances. I don’t want others to know that I’m having a hard time with anything, let alone many things. But if I’m going about my day doing everything just to look good, where is my heart at? That’s not right! I need to be doing everything that I do with the intention of loving and serving my family and others.
I think it’s common for women to feel as though they don’t measure up. Just look at all the books geared toward that topic on the self-help shelves at a bookstore. We seem to have so much pressure on ourselves to always have everything all together. We made to feel as though we need to keep our houses spotless, our children must always behave, our food must be made from scratch with organic ingredients, we need to be crafty and resourceful, we need to be active in our churches and small groups; the list goes on! That’s a lot of pressure!
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with striving to do any or all of those things. But we need to remember that our worth doesn’t lie in our accomplishments. God wants us to do what we do joyfully with good intentions, not out of guilt or pressure. God doesn’t think any less of us if our house is cluttered or we eat a frozen dinner now and again.
The Bible doesn’t say, “Blessed are the perfect.” No, the Bible talks about the heart!
God wants us to have our heart in the right place. He wants us to love and serve others before ourselves. We don’t need to do it all! We just need to do all we do for Him.
God is more interested in your intentions, not perfection! (<–tweet this)
Check out this great song by Steven Curtis Chapman!