Why are so hard on ourselves?
Of course, there is always room for improvement. But something doesn’t have to actually be “perfect” to be a success. For me it takes work not to pick apart how something could have been better and just be thankful that it was good, even if it wasn’t perfect.
Why is it that our failures (real or perceived) are like flashing neon signs – always trying to grab our attention?
Maybe it is a good way to keep me humble. Typically things aren’t all good or all bad, I can look at things on a 1-10 scale. And even if it was a miserable experience, there is usually something I learned and, in that case, there was something redeemable about it.
What about when we do “everything right” and things still go awfully wrong. Are we really in as much control as we think? Everything hinges on something and not everything is in our power. We don’t have control over others. We only have control over our actions and responses. And even when we do things perfectly, there is no guarantee the outcome will be what we were hoping for.
Are there some days just getting out of bed and facing the day is an achievement?
I think so.
Success and failure are in the eyes of the beholder. What the world pushes us towards and what God is nurturing in our hearts are likely very different things. Who do you listen to when you are evaluating success?
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever. [Psalm 73:26, NIV]
May you view your activity with through God’s eyes!