Don’t beat yourself up

Today I’m here to tell you to cut yourself some slack. Here’s why.

We’re living through a global pandemic. Has buying groceries ever been this complicated?

More people are working from home (or adjusting to a new work situation), homeschooling their kids, trying to think through extracurricular (if even possible), dealing with limited access to services that previously provided care and support, and trying to stay in touch with loved ones. Some are fighting the challenges of isolation or anxiety. The list goes on.

Well, guess what? You can’t do it all. And I don’t think you should try. You’ll just be perpetually disappointed.

You’re not a bad person for not being able to “have it all together.” We are living through a global pandemic for goodness sake!

Did you miss some homeschooling? Don’t beat yourself up. Did you [insert-your-own-personal-disappointment-here]? You’re not Godzilla.

I love what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus is our rest. Our standing and peace with God is based on what Jesus has done, not what we have done—or haven’t done. And during times like these I find great solace in that—in the embrace, strength and peace that only he provides. Maybe you can to.

Times are tough. Things are different. Fix your eyes on God. And cut yourself some slack.

Our righteousness, rest and reason for hope… is Christ.

By Matthew Ruttan

–TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL is part of a larger post I wrote called “Living with uncertainty indefinitely.” It includes ideas about the basis, mental health, material modesty, and following Jesus. Click here to read the full post.

“Rain or Shine” is a song I wrote and put together in a mini video format. Click here to watch and listen to me play it. I hope it uplifts you.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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