Meditation for Perfectionists – Thursday January 28, 2021
Philippians 4:11: “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
“As a child I felt my father’s daily ridicule and judgement. I desperately wanted to please him, but it was never enough. Pain and anger drove us apart, but honesty and forgiveness brought reconciliation. I have my father’s support now; both verbally and emotionally. I feel his approval and respect. It’s a new experience for me and taken a long while to get used to. Sometimes the old insecurities threaten to raise their ugly heads, so I affirm myself regularly with the following words: I am a valuable and worthwhile person regardless of your reaction to me. I do not need your approval to be accepted by God.” This is the testimony of someone in the process of changing an overextended and exacting lifestyle.
The apostle Paul did not need others’ support in order to feel good about himself or his ministry. His value as a unique and gifted person did not come from what his family or friends said or how they acted. Paul, like the young man above, learned that other people are not responsible for his happiness or contentment.
Lord, I am a responsible (self-sufficient) person through your strength.
You love and accept me regardless of the reactions of others around me.
I am grateful and content.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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