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Beat Self Criticism

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If you are His, He accepts you as you are while helping you grow to be like Him.

Listen to the Lord who created you…. The one who formed you says, …I have called you by name; you are mine.’” Isaiah 43:1 (nlt)

“Woo-hoo, Mommy!” I blinked away tears of joy at my little ones’ cheers, unsure what I had done to earn their accolades. Maybe I had got us out the door without losing my cool, or possibly it was that extra cookie after lunch, or maybe I’d finished vacuuming.

I didn’t have time to bask before a familiar voice nagged: “It’s about time you showed more patience…. You’re a bad mom for giving them too many sweets…. You ought to vacuum twice a week—and dust daily.”

Why is it so hard to accept acceptance? You know that voice too, don’t you? Society and human nature tell us to work, work, work to earn, earn, earn. But Isaiah 43:1 breathes fresh air! Although spoken to the Israelites, it holds a truth for all God’s followers.

“The Lord who created you.” That phrase catches my spirit in a cozy embrace. My Maker didn’t just toss me together, and He still takes personal interest in who I am becoming. I get even more excited about what comes next: “I have called you by name; you are mine.” I’m His! Jesus echoed His Father’s sentiments in John 10:3, 7–10. I’m not perfect, but He claims me as His own. He accepts me, all the while helping me grow to be like Him.

Do you really get that He accepts you if you are His? Go ahead and accept His acceptance of you—bask in it!

FAITH STEP: In pencil, list circumstances that trigger the wicked voice of self-criticism. Then in ink (never to be erased!), list how your life would be changed by truly accepting that Jesus accepts you.


Written by Erin Keeley Marshall

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