What God’s love taught me : Take it easy.
In my spare time I love to use my hands to make creative diy projects. One of the skills I’ve been learning via The University of YouTube is sewing. I started sewing when I was still in high school but everything I made would turn out the opposite of what I had imagined. I was fed up with wasting money and fabric only to end up with nothing in the end so I quit sewing for a full year and convinced myself that maybe it just not my thing.Until last year when I had beautiful pants that didn’t fit me and all I had to do was downsize them. I was scared that it will be yet another project that I failed. But with hesitation I went on anyway and the project… wasn’t horrible.
I was still a
little frustrated furious with myself for not getting it right (perfect). So I started picking every inch of my work apart, the stitch wasn’t straight enough, the cotton was too light until a small voice asked ‘Why are you being so hard on yourself? ‘. First of all outside of my YouTube teachers of course Iv’e never had someone teach me or show me how to sew, what stitches to use , when to use them and so on. I am practically a beginner I gave it my all and tried my best . I had to step back and be kind and more gentle with myself starting with the way I would talk to myself. I once read this quote on instagram.
You talk to yourself in a way God never would.
I sat and thought to myself has God ever called me stupid? Or stop me from trying something because I’ll suck at it anyways. Of course not!
If I truly believe that love is gentle and kind, should I not be kind and gentle with myself first? I learned that I should allow myself the grace to figure things out without overly judging myself if I mess up , I should allow myself to make small steps of progress without keeping record of all my failures that is the kind of love that God taught me and that’s the kind of love I strive to give myself and others and I am a work in progress, and I am proud of that now.
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
While you are being gentle and kind with others don’t forget to be gentle and kind to yourself.Learn from God’s kindness and love.