Many of us will agree that it’s not the easiest thing to do in looking in the mirror of our lives in acknowledging that there are some serious areas that we need to improve. We can publicly share our ambitions of wanting to improve in what can be shown on the outside to others in acceptance such as growing in prosperity, better health in being physical fit, and our career achievements. What about those ugly character flaws that we sweep under the rug? Deep down inside where only God and those who have known us the closest are the deep rooted areas in which if we are honest are needed to be acknowledged in changing those certain habits so that we can flourish in all areas of our lives. We all have flaws, but our flaws can easy turn into detrimental habits that constantly place us in repeated cycles of heartache, confusion, and strain our relationships. Let’s take the plunge in recognizing our weak points in growing closer to God, having centered families, cultivating well-balanced relationships, and walking boldly in our purpose. It takes much courage in recognizing to make the active change regarding our shortcomings, but God sent his son as our Savior for hope in guiding us in following through.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
“To Thine Own Self Be True”
I recently wrote down a few questions in my journal after the revelation that there were somethings I really needed to work on in growing in releasing to God. I usually write some honest questions that make me cringe in response around the turn of the year in better applying for the New Year ahead. I don’t like all the answers, and there were times I had to shed some tears. I knew though that I had to see some of the ugliest truths about myself in being a better wife, mother, friend, and more importantly a living disciple.
- What were four lesson from the previous year that I learned?
- What direction is God calling me in being more effective in my role within my family?
- How can I be more effective in establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships?
- What was my biggest heartache that I endured recently?
- What were some of the biggest revelations that came to me about myself?
- What were some of my biggest revelations about others that were revealed ?
- What am I willing to release and let go to walk in the fullness of what God called me to be ?
Yes, we are all a work in progress that will ever change in evolving. We will comfort ourselves in saying “We all have our flaws,”but we can’t be cynical of our flaws in repeatedly making the same mistakes hurting ourselves or the ones we love. We must not become so complacent as believers in allowing that to be our excuse in not taking active steps in changing for the better. We actually grow closer to God by acknowledging and taking ownership within our struggle areas by letting our Heavenly Father know that we need his help to pull through. The “struggle is real”, but so is God. We don’t have to carry the burden of weight alone. There is hope through faith and obedience in his word. Pray asking God to make clear to you the areas that you find yourself with struggling the most, and release that baggage drawing near to the beauty of his salvation.
” For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2 : 8-9