Last week I read a post on one of my favorite blogs, The Daily Love by Mastin Kipp that touched on one of the life lessons that I’ve been working through lately. This lesson involves learning to accept one’s self as being perfectly imperfect.
We all have our own unique idea of perfection, and yet sadly enough, it is often something that none of us can ever really achieve. As a result of us constantly falling short of the mark of perfection, we often feel inadequate, unworthy, ashamed and ultimately fearful that we are not enough.
Our ideas of perfection are based on what we see in the lives of others. We compare our lives with those that we feel have
what we lack, thus making ourselves somehow insufficient.
Often times we find ourselves engaged in relationships, both personal and professional, that reflect how we value ourselves. In fact, all relationships are a reflection of how we value ourselves. And anything that we can look at and admire in another is merely a reflection of our own true potential… which brings me to the topic of my own revelation.
According to A Course in Miracles, a revelation “refelcts the original form of communication between God and His creations, involving the extremely personal sense of creation sometimes sought in physical relationships… Revelation unites you directly to God.”
In other words, when we experience a revelation it feels so empowering because what is revealed is actually what God has intended life to be like for us. Although I’ve heard it time and time before, my revelation was that God intended for us to know that we are created perfectly imperfect and in his likeness.
However, throughout our lives we often forget this very important truth, and so we seek validation or our sense of worth through relationships with others (personal and professional). We sometimes think that in associating with certain people, places, job titles, or things our value somehow increases or diminishes, when in fact the truth is that we are each individually perfect just as God made us; right where we are in our lives, no matter where we are in our lives. Nothing or no one can define our worth for us, we must know it for ourselves based on God’s truths. We were created in His likeness, and therefore are perfect because we are of Him.
So much for feeling unworthy of anything, for you are worthy of EVERYTHING so long as you BELIEVE. This was such a beautiful revelation for me because I never realized how deep my own feelings of unworthiness had affected my own life experiences and past relationships. But since my revelation, life has opened up to me in so many ways because I can now act from that place of KNOWING who and what I truly am, and where my true strength comes from… nowhere outside of me!
I’m learning to release myself from the addiction known as fear by standing in my truths and walking by faith. My hope is the same for you.