How is your heart today my dear friend? How is your attitude about yourself, your goals, your accomplishments, your imperfections? Are you learning from your mistakes and extending grace to yourself? Or are you holding onto perfection and self condemnation?
I have found myself thinking a lot lately about conviction vs condemnation. No one wants to feel condemned, but yet it seems so easy to condemn ourselves. When mistakes are made is it easier to listen to the voice of condemnation:
I will never do this right, why even bother??
Or the voice of conviction:
It is ok, pick yourself back up and try again!
You see when we feel conviction, it is more of an encouragement. Conviction is the voice we hear that acknowledges our mistakes, but encourages us to try it again. Conviction helps us improve and it never says we have to be perfect. Its the voice after the fall that not only challenges you to try again, but also challenges you to look at areas to improve next time. It’s the whisper that says you are good enough, I know you won’t be perfect. I see your efforts and that is enough. It is the voice that motivates you to keep going.
The voice of condemnation is a liar. It is the voice that tells you that you are not good enough. It tells you that you will never be able to accomplish that goal. It is the voice that tells you to give up. It tells you you are a loser, and that you will never be perfect so why try? The voice of condemnation wants to break your spirit. It may seem safer to believe this voice. It may seem easier. But it will only hurt you. Please don’t listen to the voice of condemnation.
I hope conviction is ringing in your heart today. I know I am so far from perfect and I am learning that is okay. I am learning that grace is so much better than perfection. I give you permission to extend a little grace to yourself today.
Conviction is an encourager, but it doesn’t give permission to forget all our faults since we will never be perfect. No, it also tells us what we need to work on. So maybe you snapped at your husband and kids today. Conviction in our hearts challenges us to do better next time. It doesn’t give us a free pass to be flawed and stay that way. We need to be working constantly at our mistakes. But it does give us the grace to let it go. It humbles us enough to acknowledge we were wrong and say sorry without dwelling on it.
So whatever you are struggling with today, know that it is okay. You will work through it. Don’t give up, extend grace to yourself and know that you are doing a good job. Let conviction rule in your heart, not condemnation.