“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them, every day begin the task anew.” - St. Francis de Sales
Fun Fact: Humans are not perfect.
It’s something we inherently know, but it’s something that we don’t often act like we know. I, for one, often hold myself (and others!) to a standard of perfection - assuming that we’ll be able to meet these crazy expectations. Then, when we inevitably fail, I am upset that we couldn’t be perfect.
This has been happening to me a lot lately. I’ve just been so caught up in all of my own self doubt. I know the ways that I fall the most frequently and just don’t know why I can’t seem to get over those little tripping points!
Why do I have to always get in the last word during an argument?
Why do I often take out my stressful day at work on my family or fiance?
Why am I always so jealous of others?
Why can’t I be happy with where I am in life and not just want to be doing what everyone else is doing?
It’s so so so easy to get caught up and focus on the mess!
And when that happens, it’s so easy to want to give up on overcoming these shortcomings. To throw in the towel and think that I will never overcome these struggles.
But, we can’t give up on His kingdom.
He knows our hearts and created us just as we are. He loves us in spite of (or because of!!!) our shortcomings and failures.
He didn’t create us to be a perfect robot, He created us to be human, to relate to others, and to put in the work EVERY SINGLE DAY to be a better version of ourselves for the betterment of His kingdom.
Like St. Frances de Sales said, we must be patient with ourselves!
Today, sisters, I challenge you to be gentle with yourself. Thank God for at least 3 things in your life (no matter how small) that you are happy with. Then, talk to Him about how you will slowly and patiently grow toward Him. Remember, start small.
As always, you’re in my imperfect prayers <3