ACCEPT WHERE YOU ARE NOW
Accept is the #write28days prompt word for Day 5. My mind went to several different areas as I thought about this word.
In my post for Day 2, I shared how I have a hard time accepting the weight I am now. It’s as if I think I have to lose weight in order to be happy. But if I’m constantly worrying about my weight, then I am not trusting God with it. In fact, it probably causes more stress which in turn can cause more weight gain.
Because I am a caring person, I have a hard time saying no when someone asks for help or when I see someone in need. Often, I tend to overextend myself and have trouble finding a balance of caring for myself and serving others.
Another area that bothers me is the clutter in my house. Some of it is mine, but some has accumulated over time from different sources. I just want to see it gone but it’s hard to know where to start. So we make little progress.
What if in each of those areas I start by accepting what IS rather than wishing for what COULD be?
My weight doesn’t define me as a person. God has already identified me as His child and He loves me no matter what my size. Instead of belittling myself I could determine what is a healthy weight and work towards it by taking simple steps.
At the same time I can take joy in the fact that I am a beloved daughter, created by God. In fact, He loves all His children and wants us to love each other. I think that also includes ourselves.
1 John 4:7-8 (CSB)
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
There will always be people in need in this world. I need to accept my limitations and know that I can’t do everything or help every person I see. But I can ask God to show me what I can do to help those He brings across my path. At the same time I can make sure I don’t neglect my own well being. We are all important in God’s sight.
As far as the clutter, instead of complaining I need to start somewhere. Rather than look at the house as a whole, I can take one small area at a time. It may take awhile, but in the end it will be worth it.
MAKE PLANS AND TRUST GOD
If I can learn to accept where I am in each area, I can then make plans to move forward one step at a time.
I want to start each day with praise to God, and ask Him to direct my steps. And in everything I do, I know that He will be with me.
What about you? Do you find it hard to accept limitations? I’d love to hear from you!
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