On too many days I measure my worth by the undone items on my to-do list. And they fester as a kind of low-grade fever in my soul that keeps me from enjoying what I have done.
I told a mentor yesterday that I loved checking in with her because it kept me from feeling like I was drowning with all that needs to be done in building my business. She said, “Why are you drowning yourself?”
I realized that the sinking feeling of not having done enough, of not having been enough had become a habit that played right into the enemy’s hands. My feeling of failure didn’t track with reality. I had been focusing too much on what I’m not instead of who I am—and whose I am.
I had forgotten that my identity is God’s love for me. And that there is nothing in the world I have to do to earn His infinite love.
All the time I was “drowning myself,” I was drowning out the eternal word of love that God was speaking to me.
Time for a reality check. Time to focus back on who we are in God’s eyes. His opinion is the only one that matters, and his view of us is always based on a greater love than we can imagine.
Take that, to-do list!
Let me pass along some truth that made the lie of inadequacy fade away like fog when the sun comes out.
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
1 John 3:1
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”
“You are the people of God; He loved you and chose you for His own.”
“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
and my favorite:
“For the Lord takes delight in his people.”
So there we have it from the mouth of God Almighty, who rejoices over us with singing and who doesn’t just put up with us or or sit around waiting for us to mess up—he takes delight in us, every moment of every day. Join me in bringing that to mind when thoughts of unworthiness start to creep in from an unfinished to-do list!