How Would Life Be Different If We Felt Accepted?
Recently, I re-read a book called Shame and Grace: Healing the Shame We Don’t Deserve by Lewis Smedes. I can’t recommend it strongly enough. It inspired the following thoughts – see if any of them fit you, too:
How would I live today if I felt I was totally accepted – by God and by myself?
I believe I would live with joy and lightheartedness. My perspective on the day’s responsibilities and encounters would be framed with gratitude.
I would not be afraid of what people think of me and would not give my energy to trying to win or maintain their approval.
I would also not have to use “positive self-talk” to get myself to move. Grace would be my propellant.
I would take more creative risks.
Criticism and praise would only serve to help me, not hurt me.
I would not care so much how my job “defined me.” I would simply get to be me and that would be plenty for me, for God, and for everyone else.
I would not let the needs of the world shape me. Rather, out of my own freedom, I would lightly and skillfully bear freedom to to those around me.