My post yesterday was kind of harsh. I flat out said that you suck.
Well, it’s true. Think about it. You goof up a lot, don’t you? I’m not trying to make light of that, I’m right there in the same boat with you. A lot of times, we think it’s healthy to suppress the idea of our mistakes, flaws, and transgressions, as if hiding them or not acknowledging them makes them magically go away. I’ve written more in detail on this subject in other posts on another blog, you can read about that here. But for now, just take me at face value when I say that looking your flaws straight in the eye and admitting them is beneficial.
Let me also, in the same breath as I say, “You suck!” say, “You’re amazing!”
I hold to some not so fashionable beliefs. I believe in God. I believe in a Creator. (Exactly how he created and or creates is hotly debated and beyond the scope of what I’m trying to accomplish in my writing, we’ll leave that for another, time, okay? Ok.) Because I believe in a Creator, I believe He created you and me in the image of himself. Page after page in the holy writings of Jewish and Christian traditions, God is described as beautiful. (Again, there are arguments here, that’s for another time.) During the passages of Genesis, It is said that God created the world, and all that is in it, and declared it Good. He then created humanity, and declared it Very Good. As in Good to a Superlative degree.
Granted, because we suck, it’s sometimes hard to see that Very Goodness in ourselves and others. But it’s there. But the sucky part overshadows it. (Let’s get this out of the way right here — that sucky part of ourselves is called sin, and that simply means “missing the Mark”. Sin is a word that carries a lot of drama with it, and is sometimes misused, but it’s necessary to use it because it’s fundamental in how we describe our nature before God and how he resolves that nature.)
The sucky part and the amazing parts live side by side in ourselves simultaneously, and that’s kind of a mystery. But I wholeheartedly believe that we don’t have to let the sucky part reign over our lives. As I have written in other writings on other blogposts, the sucky part can be and should be, and, if one wants to live a life of clear conscience, must be dealt with. Without turning this into a preaching session or Sunday school lesson, faith, belief, and trust are central in how we view ourselves and this world. Our worldview and mindsets matter.
I’m not speaking of a Pollyanna, do-gooder mindset, nor a television-evangelist name-it-and-claim-it mindset. But a mindset that is realistic and optimistic, full of faith, believing the true and best things about ourselves. It’s ok and imperative that you believe that you are amazing.
Just think of all the gifts and talents and dreams and hopes and skills and that are within you. If you can’t see any of that, that’s where faith comes in. If you say that none of that exists within you, it’s never been there, well the I call B.S.. Are you saying that every day you’ve been alive, there’s not been one good day, not one good moment, not one good instance where you’ve shined ever so slightly, even if for a brief moment? Not one pleasant thought, not one exciting dream, not one uplifting hope? Even as a child? So you’re childhood was a nightmare? Every day? Not one isolated moment when you saw or read something that made you temporarily happy, if even it lasted a few seconds? Are you saying you’ve never been kind, never been a friend, never been reliable, never been creative, not once? You can think of something. And whatever that something is, take hold of it, grasp it for dear life, and never let it go. Ponder it wholeheartedly, stake your claim on it. And, with faith, multiply it. Know that because of this one morsel of goodness within, that you have within yourself a sliver of Goodness that can be declared the Image of God. Small as it may be, that is what you have to work with. And just like a mustard seed, faith even that size can move mountains.
I declare you amazing.
causing great surprise or wonder;
synonyms: astonishing, astounding, surprising, stunning, staggering, shocking, startling, stupefying, breathtaking, awesome, awe-inspiring, sensational, remarkable, spectacular, stupendous, phenomenal, extraordinary, incredible, unbelievable, mind-blowing,
jaw-dropping, wondrous, startlingly impressive.