Room to Be Human
We definitely live in a celebrity culture. How many industries—from sports talk to memorabilia sales—are manufactured on the backs of a culture that can’t get enough scoop or goods on today’s headline makers? We know they’re just people, but somehow we’re willing to let them be larger-than-life. It’s in our cultural DNA.
But even those who impress us with their skill and swagger—the ones who are among the best at what they do—miss a lot of reads in the course of a game. They foul a lot of balls into the stands. They push a lot of shots wide of the fairway. Success is a matter of consistent skill and effort, but nowhere near perfection. There’s never been a superstar who didn’t know how it felt to pace the sidelines, frustrated with his play.
If you’re in one of those funks where you’re down on yourself for making an unwise decision at work, or underestimating how long something would take, or guessing wrong on a snap judgment call, maybe this would be a good day to cut yourself some slack. Nobody gets everything right, and God understands that about us. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:13-14).
Be fair with yourself today. Don’t let a little pop-out keep you from swinging for the fences.
Pray this prayer: Lord God, thank you for knowing me better than I know myself, for being willing to forgive me when I foul things up. I pray for the courage to get back in and try again—for your glory.
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