It was rather unexpected for me, how this theme came to mind. I read a write-up on one of the blogs I follow and I got reminded of the person I used to be.
A quick question for us. How many of us fall into the category of those who criticize themselves, first?.
For example, something unplanned for happens to us, and then we go ahead and put the blame on ourselves. Another example is when something isn’t right in our current environment or with people around us and we go-ahead to also put the blame on ourselves. In clearer terms, you know that thin line between taking responsibility for our actions and just allowing every other person’s garbage become ours.
I used to be the type of person that if I greeted you and you were cold towards me, I am bothered. I would feel like I did something wrong and then take the blame even when it wasn’t mine. Like what if the person is just having a not too great day?. 🙈🙄
But then, my dear self is all worrisome trying to find a good reason why I deserved the cold treatment and then take it on myself. Oh, Lord!. 😀
Thank God for Himself in my life and how He taught me through on how to also show myself grace. So the same measure I overlook things for others, I should be lenient with myself and not try to paint an image that dumps all the garbage of another person on me.
Like I am not Jesus Christ yeah. Jesus is our only burden bearer and not me. 😂🙈
So how did He get me through this, and detached me from my critic self?
A flashback on this, I remembered some months ago, I realized that 60% of the blog updates I read during that period was about giving grace to one’s self. And then He (God) also was teaching me how to cast my burden on Him. And that included everyone else’s too. So now, if someone is having a bad day. Instead of blaming myself for it, I rather pray for the person to get by it and I take a chill on myself. And let God be the burden bearer in the situation.
So as much as we show others grace, remember to give yourself grace. You can only give out of the measure of abundance that you have.
The grace is forever available. And that we can find when we lay all at His feet. And instead of all the baggage thrown at us, we rather choose His – which is light and never overbearing (Grace).
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Getaway with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
Do note that it’s okay to be concerned about what goes on with others. But don’t take up the burden that was never yours to carry in the first place. Cast it all before Him and with that light heart, seek His counsel on how to get by it. Exchange your worries for His solutions and choose Grace – always!.
Wishing you a blessed new week. 🤗